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Dr. Donald Robson
Professor Emeritus, Ph.D. Melbourne University, Australia, 1963


Office Address:

Donald Robson
Department of Physics
Florida State University
211 Keen Building
Tallahassee, FL 32306-3016
Phone: (850) 644-1767
Fax: (850) 644-4478

Emeritus Professor
BS: Melbourne University, Australia, 1959
MS: Melbourne University, Australia, 1961
PhD: Melbourne University, Australia, 1963

Research Interest:

Theoretical Nuclear Physics, especially theory of scattering and reactions. Isospin in nuclear physics. Heavy ion reactions. Alpha-particle models, meson and baryon structure. Quark dynamics. Lattice gauge theory.

Personal Data:
Born: March 19, 1937, Leeds, Yorkshire, England
Citizenship: British and Australian, Permanent Resident, U.S.
Marital Status: Married, Three children

1959-63 Practical Physics Teaching
May 1963-September 1964 Research Associate, Florida State University, Tallahassee
September 1964-65 Assistant Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Summer 1965 Visiting Scientist, Theoretical Physics Division, AERE, Harwell, England
September 1965-67 Associate Professor, Florida State University, Tallahassee
Summer 1966 Participant and Lecturer, Summer School, University of Washington, Seattle
June-September 1967 Visiting Lecturer, University of Melbourne, Australia, and Australian National University, Canberra
September 1967-71 Professor, Florida State University
June 1968 Visiting Lecturer, India Academy of Sciences, Bangalore
Summer 1970 Visiting Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory
September 1971-May 1972 Visiting Professor, Princeton University
June 1972 Visiting Professor, University of Frankfurt, West Germany
July 1972-1976 Professor, Florida State University
June-August 1976 Visiting Senior Scientist, Theoretical Physics, Oxford University, Oxford, England
September 1976-1977 Visiting Professor, Sektion Physik, Universitat Munchen, Garching, West Germany
September 1977-present Professor, Florida State University
August 1985-1991 Chairman of Physics Department, Florida State University
August 1991-present Professor, Florida State University


  • American Physical Society, Division of Nuclear Physics, Division of Particles and Fields, Division of Few Body Systems and Division of Particle Beams

Honors and Awards :

  • Fellow of American Physical Society (1972).
  • Fulbright Scholar, 1963-64.
  • A.P. Sloan Fellow, 1966-67
  • Awarded Tom W. Bonner Prize (with J.D. Anderson) in Nuclear Physics, (USA) April, 1972
  • Alexander Von Humboldt Senior Scientist Award, 1976-77
  • Robert 0. Lawton Distinguished Professor Award, 1990


  • Associate Editor, Nuclear Physics, Section A, 1972-1995
  • Served on the Executive Committee of the Division of Nuclear Physics American Physical Society, 1972-75
  • Member of U.S. Nuclear Science Advisory Conunittee to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, 1978-82, involving being Chairman of Subcorrunittee on Computational Capabilities for Nuclear Theory in the U.S. - 65 page report
  • Oak Ridge Associated Universities Councillor for FSU, 1985-1992
  • Board member, Odyssey Science Center, 1990-92, City of Tallahassee
  • Served on several University committees, e.g. Supercomputer Allocations, High Technology, FSUCC Policy Board, Arts and Sciences Policy, OCO/STOCO Committee, Steering Committee for SACS
  • Served on juries for several awards in Physics in the Southeast
  • Nominating service for Nobel Prize in Physics for several years
  • Major reviewer of proposals to the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy Reviewer for most major journals in nuclear physics
  • Southeastern Universities Research Association (SURA) Board of Trustee member, 1990-present Vice Chair of Board of Trustees, 1994-95 Chairman of Board of Trustees, 1996-
  • Member of Physics Advisory Committee for CEBAF 1993-1996


  • Principal Investigator for DOE nuclear theory grants. Since 1979 these have brought in over $2 million in funds used primarily to support graduate education
  • Current DOE support is $363,000 with S. Capstick for the period 1995-1998.
  • Prior to 1979 was Co-Principal Investigator on NSF theory grants with S. Edwards, F. Petrovich and R.J. Philpott

 Publications and Presentations:

  • 88 Articles in refereed journals
  • 22 Articles published in international conferences
  • 6 Invited papers in journals/books
  • 29 Invited talks at national and international conferences
  • 2 Edited Books
  • 3 Invited Lecture Series
  • 3 Technical Reports
  • Many invited colloquia and seminars at Universities and Laboratories around the world (detailed records not kept).

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