Andrew Robinson


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Andrew Robinson has written more than twenty-five books on an unusual range of subjects: science and the history of science; ancient scripts, writing systems, and archaeological decipherment; and Indian history and culture. They include six biographies: of the physicist Albert Einstein and the polymath Thomas Young; of the decipherers Jean-Francois Champollion (Egyptian hieroglyphs) and Michael Ventris (Minoan Linear B); and of the Indian writer Rabindranath Tagore and the Indian film director Satyajit Ray. 

His most recent books, The Indus: Lost Civilizations, the wide-ranging Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization, and Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World's Greatest Scientist, combine his interest in archaeology, history, India, and science. He also writes on these subjects for leading magazines and newspapers.

Andrew Robinson was educated at the Dragon School, Eton College, where he was a King's Scholar; at University College, Oxford, where he read Chemistry; finally, at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He is the son of Neville Robinson, an Oxford physicist.

Robinson first visited India in 1975 and has been a devotee of the country's culture ever since, in particular the Bengali poet and philosopher Rabindranath Tagore and the Bengali film director Satyajit Ray. He has authored many books and articles. Until 2006, he was the Literary Editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He has also been a Visiting Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge.

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