John Elder Robison

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

John Elder Robison (born August 13, 1957)[1] is the author of the 2007 memoir Look Me in the Eye, detailing his life with undiagnosed 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] He had previously worked for Autism Speaks, but resigned in 2013 following an op-ed released by the organization. Robison is active in the autism rights movement.[3] He self-diagnosed himself with Asperger’s in his forties.[4]

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.[5] Robison is married twice and has one son.[6]


  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. ^ I resign my roles at Autism Speaks
  4. ^ "LJ Talks to John Elder Robison". Library Journal. Retrieved 9 January 2016. 
  5. ^ 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. 
  6. ^ John Elder Robison personal life

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