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 ten European languages, as well as Arabic, Chinese, Japanese
and Korean. Six of them are biographies, of both artists and scientists. Several of them have been used as teaching texts in universities. They have covered three main areas:
and the History of Science,
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 current book, India: A Short History, was published by Thames & Hudson in March 2014.
As a journalist, he
has written features and reviews for many national newspapers and magazines in
the UK, USA and India. Newspapers include The Times, The Daily Telegraph, The
Financial Times, The Guardian, The
Independentand The New York
Times. Science magazines and journals include Antiquity, E&T (Engineering and Technology), (BBC) Focus, The Lancet, Nature, New Scientist, Physics World and Science. Other magazines and journals include BBC History Magazine, Current World
Archaeology, History Today, The Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Spectatorand Sight and Sound. 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 also 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.