Sir Robert Bristow, a British engineer, was the key person involved in designing and developing the Kochi port. He lived in Kochi and the place where he stayed, a British structure, is referred to as Bristow's residence.
Bristow joined the service of the Madras Government at the age of 39 and came to Kochi on April 13, 1920 under the direction of Lord Willingdon, then the Governor of Madras. He was involved in the construction of the Kochi port for 21 years, and succeeded in transforming Kochi into one of the safest harbours in the Indian peninsula.
Born in London in 1880, Bristow studied at the Technical Institute in London and joined the Civil Engineering Service in 1903. He was involved in the maintenance of Suez Canal before his arrival at Kochi. Bristow returned to England on 13th April, 1941 and died in 1966 at the age of 85. Bristow has recounted his experiences in Kochi in his book ‘Cochin Saga’.