John Elder Robison

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John Elder Robison
Born (1957-08-13) August 13, 1957 (age 58)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Occupation Public speaker, Memoirist, Engineer, Inventor
Nationality American
Period 2007–present
Subject Memoir, autism
Notable works Look Me in the Eye (2007), Be Different (2011)

John Elder Robison (born August 13, 1957)[1] is the author of the 2007 memoir Look Me in the Eye, detailing his life with Asperger syndrome and savant abilities. He is the elder brother of memoirist Augusten Burroughs, who also wrote about his childhood in the memoir Running with Scissors.[2] Robison is active in the autism rights movement.

Early life[edit]

Robison was born in Athens, Georgia, while his parents were attending the University of Georgia. He is the son of poet Margaret Robison and the late John G. Robison (1935–2005), former head of the philosophy department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.[3] After John Elder's birth, the family lived in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Pittsburgh, where his brother Augusten Burroughs (born Christopher) was born.[citation needed] In 1966 he and his family settled in Amherst, Massachusetts where he spent most of his childhood.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Robison is married and has one son. Both his parents are autistic.[4]


  1. ^ Robison, John Elder. "It's my birthday. I'm 50 today". Retrieved 10 August 2013. 
  2. ^ My Life with Asperger's: John Elder Robison - Life Matters - ABC Radio National
  3. ^ Robison, John Elder (2007). Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger's. New York City: Crown. p. 304. ISBN 0-7393-5768-9. 
  4. ^ John Elder Robison personal life

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