Andrew Robinson

Writer and Journalist
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Andrew Robinson is the author of some 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 and Korean. 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: 
a. Science and the History of Science;
b. Archaeology and Scripts;
c. Indian History and Culture.

Recent books 
include an illustrated history of earthquakes, Earthquake: Nature and Culture (2012), and a biography of Jean-Francois Champollion, Cracking the Egyptian Code (2012). His latest book is India: A Short History (2014). In 2015, he will publish a new and revised edition of his acclaimed

Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity
to celebrate the centenary of the general theory of relativity, plus a new book, The Indus Civilisation (Reaktion Books).

As a
journalist, he has written features and reviews for many national newspapers and magazines in the UK, USA and India. Newspapers include The Daily TelegraphThe Financial Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Times and The New York Times. Science magazines and journals include Antiquity, Endeavour, E&T (Engineering and Technology), (BBC) Focus, GeoscientistThe Lancet, Nature, New Scientist, Physics World and Science. 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. 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 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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