Andrew Robinson

Author and Journalist
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Andrew Robinson is the author of more than twenty-five books, issued by leading general and academic publishers in both the UK and the USA. They have been translated into thirteen European languages, as well as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese. Six of them are biographies, of both artists and scientists. Several have been used as teaching texts in universities. They have covered three main areas: 
1. Science and the History of Science;
2. Archaeology and Scripts;
3. Indian History and Culture.

Recent books 
include a biography of Jean-François Champollion, Cracking the Egyptian Code (2012) and India: A Short History (2014). His latest books are:
i. a revised edition of his acclaimed biography

Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity
(Princeton University Press, September 2015) to celebrate the centenary of Einstein's general theory of relativity;
The Indus: Lost Civilizations (Reaktion Books, November 2015).

His current book is 
Earth-Shattering Events, a history for the general reader of great earthquakes and their effect on nations and civilisation, which was published in May/June 2016 by Thames & Hudson in the UK/USA.

As a
journalist, he has written features and reviews for many national newspapers and magazines in the UK and the USA, as follows:
a. n
ewspapers include The Daily TelegraphThe Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The New York Times and The Times; 
b. science magazines and journals include Antiquity, Endeavour, E&T (Engineering and Technology), (BBC) Focus, GeoscientistThe Lancet, Nature, New Scientist, Physics World and Science; 
c. other magazines and journals include
BBC History Magazine, Current World Archaeology, History Today, Minerva, The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, The Spectator, Sight and Sound, Times Higher Education and The Times Literary Supplement.
Plus entries in The Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.

He has also appeared on
BBC Radio and BBC Television, and acted as a consultant to two BBC TV programmes based on his work.

He gives talks and lectures, at literary festivals, museums, academic conferences and other institutions and events.

Andrew Robinson is a King’s Scholar of Eton College and holds degrees from Oxford University (in chemistry) and the School of Oriental and African Studies, London (in South Asian area studies). From 2006-10, he was a visiting fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge. He is a fellow of the Royal Asiatic Society. His father, F. N. H. (Neville) Robinson, was a physicist at Oxford University.


He has received a number of academic grants towards his research, notably a fellowship from the Leverhulme Trust, a research grant from the British Academy, and a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation to study creativity, genius and breakthroughs in the arts and sciences (2007-10).

He worked for Macmillan Publishers (1979-82), Granada Television (1983-88), the independent television production company Brian Lapping Associates (1989-90), and as literary editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement in London (1994-2006). He has extensive experience of editing reviews, essays and books written by authors in fields ranging from physics through finance and cookery to literature. In 2007, he became a fulltime writer of books and journalism.

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Photograph by Jonathan Bowen

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