Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1950. Master of Science in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1952. Doctor of Philosophy in Geophysics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1954.
Director geophysical analysis group, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1952-1954; geophysicist, Gulf Oil Corporation, Pittsburgh, 1954-1955; instructor mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1955-1956; petroleum economist, Standard Oil Corporation New Jersey, New York City, 1956-1957; assistant professor statistics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, 1958; assistant professor mathematics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1958-1961; associate professor mathematics (with tenure), University of Wisconsin, Madison, 1961-1962; deputy professor statistics, Uppsala (Sweden) U., 1960-1964; vice-president, director, Digicon, Inc., Houston., 1965-1970; president, Robinson Research Inc., Houston, 1970-1982; visiting professor theoretical and applied mechanics, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1981-1982; McMan professor geophysics, U. Tulsa, 1983-1993; Maurice Ewing and J.L. Worzel professor geophysics, Columbia University, New York City, since 1993.
Fellow: European Academy of Sciences. Member: National Research Council (committee undiscovered oil and gas resources), National Academy Engineering (petroleum and mining section), Society Exploration Geophysicists (honorary Classic Paper award 1953, 1957, Best Paper award 1964, Reginald Fessenden medal 1969, father of deconvolution 1983, Best Paper award 2001, Maurice Ewing Gold medal 2001), European Association Geoscientists and Engineers (Conrad Schlumberger award 1969, Desiderius Erasmus award 2010), Renaissance Institute Washington, New York Athletic Club, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Club New York.
Married Eva Arborelius, September 9, 1962 (divorced 1973). Children: Anna, Erik Arthur, Karin. Married Joyce McPeake, August 8, 1992.