In Memoriam: Fred C. Robinson

May 17, 2016

Koerner fellow Fred C. Robinson, the Douglas Tracy Smith Professor Emeritus of English, died on May 5. As a leading scholar of Old English and of the history of the English language, Robinson published numerous books, bibliographies, textual editions, guides, articles, essays and prefaces. Robinson earned his B.A. from Birmingham-Southern College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and comparative linguistics from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. In 2010, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of North Carolina. Robinson is also a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Haskins Medal from the Medieval Academy, and the Sir Israel Gollancz Prize from the British Academy.  A former chair of Medieval Studies and acting chair of the Department of English at Yale, Robinson was awarded the William Clyde DeVane Medal for undergraduate teaching in 1999. Beyond Yale, Robinson served as president of the Medieval Academy of America and the New England Medieval Conference, founding member of the Advisory Board of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, and chair of the Research and Bibliography Committee of the Modern Language Association.

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