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John Alan Robinson

John Alan Robinson, British information scientist, educator. Recipient Senior United States Scientists prize Humboldt Foundation, 1995, Herbrand award, 1996; Guggenheim Foundation fellow, 1967-1968; honorary research fellow University Edinburgh, since 1967. Fellow American Association for Artificial Intelligence; member Kokusai Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo).


  • Robinson, John Alan was born on March 9, 1930 in Halifax, England. Came to United States, 1952. Naturalized citizen, 1990.

    Son of Harry and Clara (Pilkington) Robinson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor in Classics with honours, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University, England, 1952. Master of Arts, 1955. Master of Arts in Philosophy, University Oregon, 1953.

      Master of Arts, Princeton University, 1955. Doctor of Philosophy, Princeton University, 1956. Doctor in Applied Science honoris causa, University Leuven, 1988.

      Doctor in Philosophy honoris causa, University Uppsala, 1994. Doctor in Informatics honoris causa, University Politechnica, Madrid, 2003.


    • Operations research analyst E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company, Inc., 1956-1960. Post-doctoral research fellow University Pittsburgh, 1960-1961. Member faculty Rice University, 1961-1967, professor philosophy, 1964-1965, professor computer science and philosophy, 1965-1966, professor computer science, 1966-1967.

      Distinguished professor logic and computer science Syracuse University, 1967-1984, University professor, 1984-1992, university professor emeritus, since 1993. Consultant in applied mathematics division Argonne National Laboratory, 1961-1967, Stanford Linear Acceleration Center, 1966-1968. Visiting research fellow Australian National University, 1989.

      Fujitsu visiting professor University Tokyo, 1991-1992. Served Royal Air Force, 1948-1949.


    Fellow American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Member Kokusai Bunka Kaikan (Tokyo).



    Piano, travel, reading.


    • Married Gwen Groves, December 18, 1954. Children: Alan Groves, Hugh Parke Custis, Gwen Owen.
    • father: Harry Robinson
    • mother: Clara (Pilkington) Robinson
    • spouse: Gwen Groves
    • children: Alan Groves Robinson
    • Hugh Parke Custis Robinson
    • Gwen Owen Robinson
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    Born March 9, 1930
    • 1952
      Corpus Christi College
    • 1953
      University Ore.
    • 1955
      Princeton University
    • 1956
      Princeton University
    • 1988
      University Leuven
    • 1994
      University Uppsala
    • 2003
      University Politechnica
    • 1956 - 1960
      Operations research analyst, E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company
    • 1960 - 1961
      post-doctoral research fellow, University Pittsburgh
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