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Robinson, Robin, 1903-2002



  • Existence: 1903 - 2002


Robin Robinson was born May 11, 1903, in Clinton, Connecticut. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 1924, and went on to Harvard University on a George E. Chamberlain Fellowship. He earned his AM from Harvard in 1925, and his Ph.D. in 1929, both in mathematics. From 1926-1927 he was a mathematics instructor at Harvard, and the following year studied at the University of Hamburg. He returned to Dartmouth College as a mathematics instructor in 1928, rose to professor in 1942, served as the chairman for the mathematics department from 1934-1947, and chairman of the division of sciences from 1951-1955. Specializing in non-euclidean differential geometry, he published a number of articles and bibliographies as well as the book "Analytic Geometry" (1949) and "New Directions in Mathematics" (1962), co-edited with John G. Kemeny. In 1947, he created the Robinson Reunion Plan, copyrighted as Dartmouth Reunion Plan, which is still in use at Dartmouth and other institutions. He was director of Dartmouth's Great Issues course from 1954-1956, and worked as a college registrar from 1956-1968. He retired from Dartmouth College in 1981. Throughout his life Robinson had a passionate interest in music. He played tympani for the Hanover Society Orchestra from 1943-1962, and composed several sonatas and pieces of chamber music. He also had a collection of music that formed the basis of his weekly radio programs on local stations that began in 1955, and aired until the time of his death. Since 1997 until his death, Robinson was the holder of the Hanover, NH Boston Post Cane. Robinson died March 3, 2002 in Hanover.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Donald Stuart Hoffman musical compositions

Identifier: 003334
Codex 003334
Date(s): undated

Two musical compositions entitled "Prelude for four recorders" and "Rhapsody, Op 13, No.1" written by Donald Stuart Hoffman (1931-2006).

Oral history interview with Robin Robinson.

Identifier: DOH-203
Date(s): 1977-01-24 to 1977-02-03

Robin Robinson, Class of 1924, Mathematics Department 1928-68 , Chairman 1943-1947. Oral History Interview documenting his career at Dartmouth College.

Robin Robinson papers

Identifier: MS-1151
Date(s): 1888 to 2000
Abstract Robin Robinson (1903-2002), professor of mathematics. Dartmouth College Class of 1924. Consist of lecture notes and articles on mathematics related to his tenure as mathematics professor both at Harvard University and Dartmouth College, as well as programs from various operas and other musical performances, scripts from his WDCR radio shows “The Opera Showcase,” “A Little Night Music,” “Your Concert Hall,” and “The World’s Finest Music,” and an extensive index card catalogue of his music...
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