Henri Robert is the second Chanel in-house perfumer after the departure of Ernest Beaux, famed creator of Chanel No. 5. Robert was born in 1899 in Grasse and began his career as a perfumer at with Chiris. Following that he joined Parfums d'Orsay and subsequently Coty. With the outbreak of World War II, Robert moved to New York City and continued working for Coty there as a perfumer from 1940 to 1943. Henri Robert continued working at Chanel into his 80's before he died in 1987.