W. Andrew Robinson

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Andrew Robinson
Andrew Robinson at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.
Robinson speaking at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, in 2014
Born (1957-03-14) 14 March 1957 (age 65)
England, United Kingdom
EducationDragon School
Eton College
Alma materUniversity College, Oxford
School of Oriental and African Studies
Notable worksSatyajit Ray: The Inner Eye (1989), The Art of Rabindranath Tagore (1989), The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris (2002), The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young (2006), The Story of Measurement (2007), Writing and Script (2009).

(William) Andrew Coulthard Robinson (born 14 March 1957[1]) is a British author[2] and former newspaper editor.[3]

Andrew Robinson was educated at the Dragon School, Eton College, where he was a King's Scholar, University College, Oxford, where he read chemistry, and finally the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He is the son of Neville Robinson, an Oxford physicist, and Daphne Robinson.

Robinson first visited India in 1975, and has been involved with the country's culture ever since. He has authored many books and articles, the most recent being India: A Short History (Thames & Hudson, 2014). Until 2006, he was the literary editor of the Times Higher Education Supplement. He has also been a visiting fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge.[4] He is based in London and is now a full-time writer.



Robinson has authored and edited the following books:[1][2]

  • Mehta, Ashvin & Andrew Robinson (1987). The Coasts of India. London: Thames & Hudson. ISBN 978-0500241301.
  • Maharaja: The Spectacular Heritage of Princely India with Sumio Uchiyama. Thames & Hudson (1988). ISBN 0-500-54136-1.[5][6]
  • Satyajit Ray: The Inner Eye. André Deutsch (1989). ISBN 0-233-98473-9.[7]
  • The Art of Rabindranath Tagore. André Deutsch (1989). ISBN 0-233-98359-7.[8]
  • The Shape of the World with Simon Berthon. George Philip (1991). ISBN 0-540-01229-7.
  • Earth Shock: Hurricanes, Volcanoes, Earthquakes, Tornadoes & Other Forces of Nature. Thames & Hudson (1993). ISBN 0-500-01579-1.[9][10]
  • Rabindranath Tagore: The Myriad-minded Man with Krishna Dutta. St. Martin's Press (1995). ISBN 0-312-14030-4. Also: Bloomsbury (1997). ISBN 0-7475-3086-6.[11]
  • Rabindranath Tagore: An Anthology with Krishna Dutta. St. Martin's Press (1997). ISBN 0-312-16973-6. Also: Griffin (1998). ISBN 0-312-20079-X.
  • Selected Letters of Rabindranath Tagore with Krishna Dutta. Cambridge University Press (1997). ISBN 0-521-59018-3.
  • The Story of Writing: Alphabets, Hieroglyphs and Pictograms. Thames & Hudson (2000). ISBN 0-500-28156-4.[12]
  • The Man Who Deciphered Linear B: The Story of Michael Ventris. Thames & Hudson (2002). ISBN 0-500-51077-6.[13][14][15]
  • Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Great Undeciphered Scripts. McGraw-Hill (2002). ISBN 0-07-135743-2.[16][17]
  • Satyajit Ray, The Inner Eye: The Biography of a Master Film-Maker. I.B. Tauris (2003). ISBN 1-86064-965-3.
  • Satyajit Ray: A Vision of Cinema with Nemai Ghosh. I.B. Tauris (2005). ISBN 1-84511-074-9.[18]
  • Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity. Palazzo Editions (2005). ISBN 0-9545103-4-8.[19][20]
  • The Last Man Who Knew Everything: Thomas Young, The Anonymous Polymath Who Proved Newton Wrong, Explained How We See, Cured the Sick, and Deciphered the Rosetta Stone, Among Other Feats of Genius. Pi Press (2006). ISBN 0-13-134304-1.[21][22][23]
  • The Story of Measurement. Thames & Hudson (2007). ISBN 978-0-500-51367-5.[24][25][26]
  • Writing and Script: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press (2009). ISBN 978-0-19-956778-2.[3][27][28]
  • Genius: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford University Press (2011). ISBN 978-0-19-959440-5.
  • Cracking the Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-Francois Champollion. Thames & Hudson (2012). ISBN 978-0199914999. Oxford University Press (2012). ISBN 978-0500051719.[29]
  • The Scientists: An Epic of Discovery (editor). Thames & Hudson (2012). ISBN 978-0-500-25191-1.
  • India: A Short History. Thames & Hudson (2014). ISBN 978-0-500-25199-7.
  • The Indus: Lost Civilizations. Reaktion Books (2015). ISBN 978-1-780-23502-8.
  • Earth-Shattering Events: Earthquakes, Nations and Civilization. Thames & Hudson (2016). ISBN 978-0500518595.
  • Einstein on the Run: How Britain Saved the World's Greatest Scientist. Yale University Press (2019). ISBN 978-0300234763.

Book reviews[edit]

Year Review article Work(s) reviewed
2017 Robinson, Andrew (September 2017). "The Ancients had stars in their eyes". Reviews. History Today. 67 (9): 97. Jones, Alexander. A portable cosmos : revealing the Anyikythera Mechanism, scientific wonder of the ancient world. Oxford: Oxford UP.


  1. ^ a b "Andrew Robinson (1)". LibraryThing. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Books by Andrew Robinson". Alibris. Retrieved 27 July 2020.
  3. ^ a b Mark Twaite, Interview with Andrew Robinson, The Book Depository, 2009.
  4. ^ Anna Jones, Cambridge Festival of Ideas podcast, News, Wolfson College, Cambridge, UK, 23 October 2009.
  5. ^ Andrew Robinson, Mughal dance of the seven veils that wasn't and other tales unravelled from a rich and royal material past. Times Higher Education Supplement, 26 November 1999.
  6. ^ Juliet Gardiner, Maharaja: The Spectacular Heritage of Princely India. History Today, 1 October 2009.
  7. ^ Salman Rushdie, Homage to Satyajit Ray. London Review of Books, 12(5):9, 8 March 1990.
  8. ^ Andrew Robinson, Foreign fields with inspiring corners. Times Higher Education Supplement, 5 October 2001.
  9. ^ Andrew Robinson, No crystal ball for natural disasters. Nature, 463:160, 14 January 2010. doi:10.1038/463160a.
  10. ^ All shook up. Physics World, 2 January 2007.
  11. ^ C. A. Bayly, Under Western eyes. Times Literary Supplement, 1997.
  12. ^ Andrew Robinson, Andrew Robinson on the story of writing. The Times, 29 September 2007.
  13. ^ Torsten Meissen, Some mysteries undeciphered. Times Literary Supplement, 2002.
  14. ^ Jane Jakeman, Man Who Deciphered Linear B, by Andrew Robinson — The decoding of a fascinating human story[dead link], The Independent, 24 April 2002.
  15. ^ Andrew Robinson, Silent letters from the past. Times Higher Education Supplement, 24 May 2002.
  16. ^ James McConnachie, Lost Languages: The Enigma of the World's Undeciphered Scripts by Andrew Robinson. The Sunday Times, 8 March 2009.
  17. ^ Andrew Robinson, Decoding antiquity: Eight scripts that still can't be read. New Scientist, 27 May 2009.
  18. ^ Andrew Robinson, Ray of light still shines in the dark — The author Andrew Robinson recalls his meetings with the film director Satyajit Ray, one of the giants of world cinema. The Times, 18 August 2005.
  19. ^ Patrick Moore, Review of Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity Archived 3 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine, The Sky at Night, BBC.
  20. ^ Andrew Robinson, Einstein on and off the soapbox. New Scientist, issue 2599, 14 April 2007.
  21. ^ P. D. Smith, Reluctant polymath, book review, The Guardian, 20 January 2007.
  22. ^ Michael Sims, Book Review: Scientist Young, international man of mystery, Los Angeles Times, 7 February 2007.
  23. ^ David Weatherall, Thomas Young: a medical polymath. The Lancet, 369(9560):455–456, 10 February 2007. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)60216-5.
  24. ^ Stuart Hannabuss, The Story of Measurement — Review, Library Review, 57(7):557–558, 2008. Emerald Group Publishing.
  25. ^ Jens Vigen, Summer bookshelf — The story of measurement. CERN Courier, 8 July 2008.
  26. ^ Eileen Magnello, Plus or Minus. Times Literary Supplement, 13 June 2008.
  27. ^ Steven Poole, Writing and Script by Andrew Robinson. The Guardian, 19 September 2009.
  28. ^ Greg Neale, "Book reviews: Writing and Script". Oxford Today, 22(2):37, 2010.
  29. ^ Morton, Brian (12 May 2012). "Cracking The Egyptian Code: The Revolutionary Life Of Jean-François Champollion, By Andrew Robinson". The Independent. Retrieved 6 June 2012.

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