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Abraham Robinson (1918-1974), a gifted and versatile mathematician, was born in Waldenburg, Germany, and graduated from Hebrew University, Jerusalem, in 1939. That year he won a scholarship to Sorbonne where he continued his studies. World War II broke out soon after his arrival in France and Robinson escaped to England where he volunteered for the Free French Air Force. Robinson was soon released, however, and sent to the Royal Aircraft Establishment, where he become a Scientific Officer and achieved a reputation as an outstanding applied mathematician in the fields of aerodynamics and structures. After the war he received his Ph.D. from the University of London and became Deputy Head of the Department of Aerodynamics, College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. Robinson then moved to the field of pure mathematics and become a leader in the fields of mathematical logic and philosophy. He was a professor at the University of Toronto, Hebrew University, University of California, Los Angels, and Yale University. Robinson was elected posthumously to the National Academy of Sciences.




Robinson, Abraham, 1918-1974


1945-1956, 1968


Renee Robinson, Gift, 1979, XXXX-0608, unknown


0.2 Cubic feet ((4 folders))


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Scope and Contents

This collection consists of his applied mathematical aeronautical papers from his time at the Royal Aircraft Establishment, and from his time at the College of Aeronautics, Cranfield. Most of the papers appear to be related to the British high speed flight research program.





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Cranfield University (U.K.). College of Aeronautics

Royal Aircraft Establishment (Great Britain)

Robinson, Abraham, 1918-1974

Topics High-speed aeronautics
Aeronautics -- Research
Aeronautics, Commercial

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