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Donald Robson



March 19, 1937 – present

Authorized Form of Name

Robson, Donald

Additional Forms of Names

Robson, D.



Donald Robson is Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Florida State University (2008-present). His research interests include theoretical nuclear and particle physics, isospin in nuclear physics, heavy ion reactions, alpha-particle models, meson and baryon structure, quark dynamics, and lattice gauge theory.

Important Dates

March 19, 1937Birth, Leeds (England).

1959Obtained BSc, University of Melbourne, Melbourne (Vic.).

1961Obtained MSc, University of Melbourne, Melbourne (Vic.).

1963Obtained PhD in Nuclear Physics, University of Melbourne, Melbourne (Vic.).

1963 – presentResearch Associate in Nuclear Physics (1963-1964); Assistant Professor of Physics (1964-1965); Associate Professor of Physics (1965-1967); Professor of Physics (1967-1990); Chair, Department of Physics (1985-1991); Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Physics (1990-2008) and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emeritus (2008-present), Florida State University, Tallahassee (Fla.).

1965Visiting Scientist, Theoretical Physics Division, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell.

1967Visiting Lecturer, University of Melbourne.

1968Visiting Lecturer, India Academy of Sciences.

1970Visiting Scientist, Brookhaven National Laboratory.

1971 – 1972Visiting Professor, Princeton University.

1972Fellow, American Physical Society.

1972Awarded Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society.

1972Visiting Professor, University of Frankfurt.

1972 – 1975Member, Executive Committee, Division of Nuclear Physics, American Physical Society.

1976Visiting Senior Scientist, Oxford University.

1976 – 1977Visiting Professor, Physics Section, University of Munich.

1978 – 1982Member, United States Nuclear Science Advisory Committee.

1985 – 1992Councillor for Florida State University, Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

1990 – 2003Member (1990-2003) and Chair (1996-1998), Board of Trustees, Southeastern Universities Research Association.


Theoretical nuclear physicist.



Leeds (England)

Undergraduate Education

Melbourne (Vic.)

Graduate Education

Melbourne (Vic.)


Tallahassee (Fla.)


Heavy ions.


Nuclear physics.

Particles (Nuclear physics).


Theoretical physics.



Major Positions

Florida State University

Research Associate in Nuclear Physics; Assistant Professor of Physics; Associate Professor of Physics; Professor of Physics; Chair, Department of Physics; Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of Physics; and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

University of Melbourne

Obtained BSc (1959), MSc (1961), and PhD in Nuclear Physics (1963), and Visiting Lecturer.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

American Physical Society

Member, Executive Committee, Division of Nuclear Physics; Fellow; and received 1972 Tom W. Bonner Prize in Nuclear Physics.

Atomic Energy Research Establishment (Harwell, England)

Visiting Scientist.

Brookhaven National Laboratory

Visiting Scientist.

Indian Academy of Sciences

Visiting Lecturer.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities

Councillor for Florida State University.

Princeton University. Department of Physics

Visiting Professor.

Southeastern Universities Research Association (U.S.)

Member and Chair, Board of Trustees.

United States. Department of Energy

Member, United States Nuclear Science Advisory Committee.

Universität Frankfurt am Main

Visiting Professor.

Universität München

Visiting Professor, Physics Section.

University of Oxford. Department of Physics

Visiting Senior Scientist.