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English language educator

Fred Colson Robinson, American English language educator. Fellow Guggenheim Foundation, 1974-1975, American Council Learned Socs., 1968-1969, Institute Social and Economics Research, Rhodes U., 1978, Japan Society for Promotion of Science, 1989; grantee National Endowment for Humanities, 1976, 79, 81, 85, American Philosophical Society, 1973, 85.


Robinson, Fred Colson was born on September 23, 1930 in Birmingham, Alabama, United States. Son of Emmett Colson and Morwenna Hope (Bennett) Robinson.


Bachelor, Birmingham Southern College, 1953. Master of Arts, University North Carolina, 1954. Doctor of Philosophy, University North Carolina, 1961.

Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), University North Carolina, 2010. Doctor of Letters (honorary), Williams College, 1985. Master of Arts (honorary), Yale University, 1989.

Doctor of Letters (honorary), University of North Carolina, 2010.


Instructor, Stanford (California) U., 1960-1961;assistant professor, Stanford (California) U., 1961-1965;associate professor, Stanford (California) U., 1967-1971;Professor of English philology, Stanford (California) U., 1971-1972;assistant professor, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1965-1966;associate professor, Cornell Univercity, Ithaca, New York, 1966-1967;professor, Yale University, New Haven, 1972-1983;Douglas Tracy Smith professor, Yale University, New Haven, since 1983;chairman medieval studies, Yale University, New Haven, 1975-1978, 80. Visiting professor Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1983. Member public committee Medieval Academy Monographs, Cambridge, 1987-1990.



Trustee Yale University Library. Associates, New Haven, 1986-1989, 91-95, 97-2000, 03-06. With United States Army, 1954-1956.

Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science, Medieval Academy American (president 1983-1984, Haskins medal 1984), British Academy (correspondent, Sir Israel Gollancz prize 1997), Meddeleeue-verenigung van Suidelike Afrika (correspondent). Member Finnish Academy of Science and Letters (foreign member), New England Medieval Conference (president 1982-1983), Connecticut Academy Arts and Sciences (president 1980-1985), International Society Anglo-Saxonists (elected honorary), Elizabethan Club (board governors 1986-1988, vice president 1989-1990, president 1990-1992), Manuscript Club (vice president New Haven chapter 1990-1992), Phi Beta Kappa.


Married Helen Caroline Wild, June 21, 1959. Children: Lisa Karen, Eric Wild.

Emmett Colson Robinson

Morwenna Hope (Bennett) Robinson

Helen Caroline Wild

Lisa Karen Robinson

Eric Wild Robinson