Rodolfo Robles was born in Quetzaltenango, Guatemala. He studied at the Sorbonne, and performed research at the Pasteur Institute in Paris, where he obtained the Ordre national de la Légion d'honneur (French: "National Order of the Legion of Honour") in the degree of Grand Officier (Grand Officer).
Robles married Julia Isabel Herrera Dorión, and had one child, Rodolfo Robles Herrera, born in Paris in 1928.
Robles has been honored in Guatemala and México with many schools and hospitals named in his honor. The highest medical honor in Guatemala bears his name.
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