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History educator

Robin William Winks, American history educator. Smith-Mundt professor University Malaya, 1962; Institute Commonwealth Studies at University London fellow, 1966-1967; Guggenheimn fellow, 1976-1977; grantee Social Science Research Council, 1959, 75; Resident scholar School American Research, 1985, 91, 94.


Winks, Robin William was born on December 5, 1930 in West Lafayette, Indiana, United States. Son of Evert McKinley and Jewell (Sampson) Winks.


Bachelor magna cum laude, University Colorado, 1952. Master of Arts, University Colorado, 1953. Doctor of Philosophy with distinction, Johns Hopkins University, 1957.

Master of Arts (honorary), Yale University, 1967. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Nebraska, 1976. Doctor of Letters (honorary), University Colorado, 1987.

Master of Arts (honorary), Oxford University, 1992. Doctor of Philosophy, Westminster College, 1995.


From instructor to Randolph W. Townsend professor history Yale University, New Haven, 1957—2003, director office of special projects and foundations, 1974-1976, master Berkeley College, 1977-1990, chair Canada studies, 1985-1999. Eastman professor Oxford University, 1992-1993, chair studies in environment, 1993-1996, Harmsworth professor Oxford University, 1999-2000. Chair department history Yale University, 1996-1999.



Cultural attache United States Embassy, London, 1969-1971. Chair National Park System Advisory Board, Washington, 1981-1983, bicentennial committee for International Conferences of Americanists Department State, 1974-1977. Fellow Royal History Society, Explorers Club.

Member American History Association, Canada History Association, Royal Commonwealth Society (life), Yale Club (New York City), Athenaeum, Special Forces Club.


Married Avril Flockton, September 27, 1952. Children: Honor Leigh, Eliot Myles.

Evert McKinley Winks

Jewell (Sampson) Winks

Avril Flockton

Honor Leigh Winks

Eliot Myles Winks