Derek J. S. Robinson

Professor Emeritus
Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
1409 W. Green Street
Urbana, Illinois 61801-2975

Office: 329 Illini Hall
Office Tel: (217)333-8937
FAX: (217) 333-9576
e-mail: dsrobins@illinois.edu

Education

  • B.Sc. Edinburgh University 1960.
  • Ph.D. Cambridge University 1963.
  • Academic appointments

  • 1963--65 Instructor, University of Illinois.
  • 1965--68 Lecturer, Queen Mary College, University of London.
  • 1968--69 Assistant Professor, University of Illinois.
  • 1969--74 Associate Professor, University of Illinois.
  • 1974--2007 Professor, University of Illinois.
  • 2007 Emeritus Professor, University of Illinois.
  • Visiting academic appointments

  • ETH- Zurich, 1973-4 .
  • University of Florence, 1976.
  • University of Freiburg, 1979-80.
  • University of Wurzburg, 1982-84.
  • University of Naples, 1983, 2004.
  • University of Padua, 1983.
  • National University of Singapore, 1990-1.
  • University of Salerno, 2011.
  • Honors and Awards

  • Sir Edmund Whittaker Prize 1970.
  • Alexander von Humboldt Senior Scientist Prize 1979.
  • Associate, Center for Advanced Study, Urbana, IL, 1981-82, 1992.
  • EPSRC Visiting Fellow, Queen Mary College, 1984.
  • EPSRC Visiting Fellow, Warwick University, 1999.
  • Beckman Research Award 1994.
  • W.W. Boone Distinguished Research Professor 2003-5.
  • Editorships

  • Editor: Ricerche di Matematica, Journal of Group Theory, International Journal of Group Theory.
  • Former editor: Communications in Algebra.
  • Area of Specialization

    Theory of groups, in particular infinite soluble groups. Connections between group theory, ring theory and homological algebra. Finiteness conditions. Algorithms for groups. Permutability of subgroups. Graphs of groups. Generalized Baumslag-Solitar groups.

    Publications

  • Articles
  • Books
  • PhD Students

    1. C. D. H. Cooper
    2. D. McDougal
    3. T. A. Fournelle
    4. J. Zimmerman
    5. R. Nehmer
    6. R. D. Blyth
    7. V. Walter
    8. Y. F. Wu
    9. D. H. Paek
    10. C. C. Ferguson
    11. J. W. Elliot