Arthur B. Robinson

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Arthur B. Robinson
Born (1942-03-24) March 24, 1942 (age 73)
Chicago, Illinois
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields Biochemistry
Institutions University of California, San Diego
Alma mater California Institute of Technology,
University of California, San Diego
Thesis Experiments on the synthesis and spectral characterization of cytochrome-related molecules (1967)
Doctoral advisor Martin Kamen
Spouse Laurelee Robinson (Died 1988)

Arthur Brouhard "Art" Robinson (born March 24, 1942[1]) is an American biochemist, politician and member of the Republican Party from the U.S. State of Oregon.

A former faculty member of the University of California at San Diego, Robinson is the president of and a research professor at the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine, editor of the newsletter Access to Energy and publisher of the Robinson Self-Teaching Home School Curriculum.[2][3][4]

He was the Republican nominee for the United States House of Representatives from Oregon's 4th congressional district in 2010, 2012, and 2014, losing each time to Democratic incumbent Peter DeFazio.[5][6] He was elected Chairman of the Oregon Republican Party in August, 2013,[7] a position he held until February 2015, when he was defeated by Vice-Chair Bill Currier.[8]

Early life and education[edit]

Arthur Robinson was born in Chicago.[1] He received a B.S. in chemistry from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in 1963,[9] and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego in 1968.[10] His doctorial thesis was titled, Experiments on the synthesis and spectral characterization of cytochrome-related molecules.[11]

Scientific career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Robinson was one of the few students ever to be appointed to the faculty of the University of California, San Diego immediately after getting his Ph.D.,[4] but later resigned in 1972.[10]

He was a co-founder, along with Linus Pauling and Keene Dimick, of the Institute of Orthomolecular Medicine, later renamed the Linus Pauling Institute in 1973.[12][13]

Linus Pauling Institute[edit]

Robinson was the president, director and a research professor with tenure at the institute.[14]

In June 1978, Robinson had been asked to consult with the Executive Committee of the Linus Pauling Institute before making important decisions regarding the Institute. The members of the Executive Committee included Robinson, Pauling, and Executive Vice President Richard Hicks. The same day this request was asked of Robinson, he dismissed Hicks by terminating the fund raising services agreement employing Hicks, claiming that Hicks had failed to generate the substantial donations expected of him. Pauling was very disturbed by Robinson's swift actions against Hicks and expressed that he felt he no longer had "trust and confidence in [Robinson]".[15]

After the abrupt termination of Hicks, Pauling asked Robinson to immediately resign. Robinson requested thirty days to consider the resignation and ultimately refused. Pauling called a meeting of the Board of Trustees regarding Robinson's refusal to leave the institute. As a result, the board granted a leave of absence for Robinson and passed all executive authority to Pauling, going on to elect him as the president and director of the institute.[15] Robinson responded to the dismissal by filing a lawsuit against the Institute for $25.5 million, finally settling for $575,000.[15][16]

Robinson responded to the dismissal by charging that he, not Pauling, had done the experimental work at the institute, and that "Linus has not personally contributed significant research work on vitamin C and human health".[17]

Robinson later moved to Oregon and founded the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine there in 1980.[4]

Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine[edit]

Robinson is the president of the Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine (OISM),[3] a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Cave Junction, Oregon.[18] The institute's mission statement and purpose is, "research, development, and public education on the biochemistry of molecular clocks and the degenerative diseases of aging, elementary science education, the effects of environment on health and welfare, and disaster preparedness".[18] OISM staff has included Salk Institute biochemist Fred Westall, the late Nobel prize-winning biochemist Robert Bruce Merrifield, and the late Manhattan project physicist Martin Kamen.[19]

The OISM has circulated the Oregon Petition on global warming, in collaboration with the late Frederick Seitz.[20] Robinson explained that the purpose of the petition is to demonstrate that the claim of "settled science" and an overwhelming "consensus" in favor of the hypothesis of human-caused global warming and consequent climate damage is wrong.[20] The OISM website states that "several members of the Institute's staff are also well known for their work on the Petition Project, an undertaking that has obtained the signatures of more than 31,000 American scientists opposed, on scientific grounds, to the hypothesis of "human-caused global warming" and to concomitant proposals for world-wide energy taxation and rationing."[19]

The institute also publishes material relating to civil defense and disaster preparedness.[19][21]

Political career[edit]

2010 Congressional election[edit]

In May 2010, Robinson won the Republican primary for Oregon's 4th congressional district, taking 79% of the vote to businesswoman Jaynee Germond's 20%. He faced Democratic incumbent Peter DeFazio in the November 2010 general election.[5] Robinson was defeated by 145,091 votes (53.6%) to 120,307 (44.5%) and vowed to try again in 2012.[22]

2012 Congressional election[edit]

Robinson, running unopposed, became the Republican nominee for Oregon's 4th congressional district, to again face incumbent DeFazio, who had defeated Robinson's son Matthew in a landslide in the Democratic primary.[23] In the general election, DeFazio defeated Robinson by 212,866 votes (59.1%) to 140,549 (39%).

2014 Congressional election[edit]

Robinson ran for a third time for Oregon's 4th congressional district in 2014. He was unopposed in the Republican primary and faced another rematch with DeFazio in the general election, who was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Robinson lost the election with 116,534 votes to DeFazio's 181,624.[6]

Political views[edit]

Robinson opposes abortion and supports gun rights,[1] cutting taxes, increasing border security and building new power plants.[1] He argues for balancing the federal budget, defunding earmarks and ending special-interest influence in Washington.[1] He also supports restoring sound money and ending the Federal Reserve System. Robinson is against bailouts to Wall Street banks. He also supports a strong national defense, but with a more restrained foreign policy.[24] Robinson is a signatory to A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism, a petition circulated by the Discovery Institute to promote intelligent design.[25]

Oregon State University controversy[edit]

In 2011, Robinson alleged that Oregon State University (OSU) was part of a conspiracy to retaliate against him for his political activism by expelling his three children, all of whom were graduate students there.[26] When asked what proof he has of the university discriminating against his children, Robinson stated, "I don't have definitive proof, [...] That is what I believe. Basically, I know what happened. I cannot tell you the motives of the people doing it."[27] In a statement, OSU would not comment on matters concerning the students without their consent, but declared all the other claims, including those about the faculty, to be unfounded.[26][28]

Personal life[edit]

Robinson is a non-denominational Christian and lives in Oregon.[4] He was married to Laurelee Robinson until her death in 1988,[1] and has six children.[4]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f "Arthur 'Art' Brouhard Robinson". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  2. ^ Benoit, Mary (June 26, 2006). "An expert look at the energy "crisis": an accomplished scientist share his perspective on America's supposed energy crisis and what can be done to remedy the situation". The New American. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  3. ^ a b Soon, Willie (2002). Global Warming: A Guide to the Science. Fraser Institute. p. viii. ISBN 0889751870. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d e Bethell, Tom (February 2001). "A Scientist Finds Independence: Art Robinson fights aging with his home-schooled lab rats". The American Spectator. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  5. ^ a b Russo, Edward (May 19, 2010). "Two GOP political novices advance". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Oregon 2014 General Election" (PDF). Oregon Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved April 15, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Oregon GOP picks Art Robinson as new chairman". Associated Press. August 11, 2013. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  8. ^ Templeton, Amelia (February 28, 2015). "Bill Currier Selected To Be Chairman of Oregon Republican Party". Oregon Public Broadcasting. Retrieved April 16, 2015. 
  9. ^ Pauling, Linus (June 1975). "Good Nutrition for the Good Life" (PDF). Engineering & Science. California Institute of Technology. p. 9. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  10. ^ a b "Robinson Versus Pauling Case Files". California Digital Library. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  11. ^ Robinson, Arthur (1967). "Experiments on the synthesis and spectral characterization of cytochrome-related molecules". University of California, San Diego. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  12. ^ Nishikawa, Azumi (November 6, 2006). "Pauling Institute looks back on its 10 years at Oregon State U.". America's Intelligence Wire. The America's Intelligence Wire. Retrieved 2010-10-18. 
  13. ^ "The Register of Robinson Versus Pauling Case Files: 1972-1981". Geisel Library. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  14. ^ Goertzel, Ted (1996). Linus Pauling: A Life In Science And Politics. Basic Books. p. 219. ISBN 0465006736. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  15. ^ a b c "An Institute for Science and Orthomolecular Medicine (1973-1981) Part 2". Oregon State University. Retrieved 2012-10-30. 
  16. ^ "The Years Alone: Pauling after the Death of Ava Helen (1982-1994) Part 1". Oregon State University. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  17. ^ Severo, Richard (August 21, 1994). "Linus C. Pauling Dies at 93; Chemist and Voice for Peace". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-08-22. 
  18. ^ a b "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine". National Center for Charitable Statistics (NCCS). Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  19. ^ a b c "Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine". Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  20. ^ a b Brennan, Phil (May 19, 2008). "31,000 Scientists Debunk Al Gore and Global Warming". Newsmax. Retrieved 2012-08-23. 
  21. ^ Robinson, Arthur and Gary North (1986). Fighting chance: ten feet to survival. Oregon Institute of Science and Medicine. ISBN 0930462106. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  22. ^ "DeFazio wins: Robinson says he'll regroup for campaign in 2012". The World. November 3, 2010. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  23. ^ Hallow, Ralph Z. (June 3, 2012). "In Oregon, chemist offers GOP a unifying formula". The Washington Times. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  24. ^ "Issues". Art Robinson for Congress. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  25. ^ James Powell. The Inquisition of Climate Science, Columbia University Press. August 30, 2011
  26. ^ a b Palmer, Susan (March 8, 2011). "Robinson says OSU targeting his kids: The congressional candidate alleges the school is retaliating for his political activism". The Register-Guard. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  27. ^ Koopmans, Kelly (March 8, 2011). "Art Robinson vs. Oregon State: 'I don't have definitive proof'". KVAL-TV. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 
  28. ^ "Statement regarding Internet postings by Art Robinson". Oregon State University. March 7, 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-24. 

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