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Early life and education[ edit ] Robins was born in Broadstairs , Kent on 1 July His father was a medical practitioner. He completed his university studies in with first class honours in Literae Humaniores both Mods and Greats. During the second world war, a stint where he taught Japanese to Royal Air Force servicemen attracted him to the field of linguistics. Robins later obtained a DLit degree from London University in After completing his university studies Robins was appointed to a lectureship — in the Department of Phonetics and Linguistics in the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University.
John Rupert Firth was the head of department at the time and was a major influence on Robins. Robins later became reader in general linguistics — , professor of general linguistics — and ultimately head of department — at the same institution. He served as dean of the Faculty of Arts —86 of London University. Robins was a research fellow at the University of California in He was also a Leverhulme Emeritus Fellow — Post-retirement activities[ edit ] After retirement, Robins dedicated himself to promoting the history of linguistics.
He wrote books on the subject and regularly attended conferences of the various national societies for the subject. He was emeritus professor — at London University. He taught at both University of Luton and University of Cambridge until the early months of Death[ edit ] Robins died at his home in Caterham on Thursday 20 April at the age of Robins was president of Societas Linguistica Europaea in He was British representative — and one-time president of the International Committee of Linguists — He was also an honorary member of Linguistic Society of America from until his death.
Robins was its secretary for 18 years — and later became its president — After his presidency ended, the Society conferred on him the title of President Emeritus uniquely in his honor. Palmer and Theodora Bynon, eds. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Robins on his 75th Birthday.
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