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Obituary: Cecil H. Robinson

by Linda Wang
February 6, 2021 | A version of this story appeared in Volume 99, Issue 5


Photo of Cecil H. Robinson.
Credit: Susan Bartlett
Cecil H. Robinson

Cecil H. “Robbie” Robinson, 91, died Oct. 2, 2020, in Catharpin, Virginia.

“Robbie was a distinguished professor and cherished adviser and mentor. His enthusiasm for science was inspirational, and he was internationally recognized for bioorganic research on the enzymes of steroid biosynthesis. Born in London, he was a graduate student with Sir Derek H. R. Barton and postdoctoral fellow with Carl Djerassi. He worked at Schering-Plough until 1963, when he joined the then Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He received the American Chemical Society Maryland Chemist of the Year Award in 1991 and awards for his teaching excellence. He became professor emeritus in 1997.”—Douglas F. Covey and Philip A. Cole, friends and colleagues

Most recent title: Professor emeritus, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Education: BSc, chemistry, University of London, 1950; PhD, organic chemistry, University of London’s Birkbeck College, 1954

Survivors: Daughters, Susan Bartlett, Cindy Brohawn, and Lucy Tatchell; son, John; five grandchildren

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