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The Princeton Companion to Mathematics by Imre Leader, June Barrow-Green, Timothy Gowers

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VI.95 Abraham Robinson

b. Waldenburg (Lower Silesia; now Walbrzych, Poland), 1918; d. New Haven, Connecticut, 1974

Applied mathematics; logic; model theory; nonstandard analysis

Robinson was educated at a private Rabbinical school and then at the Jewish High School in Breslau until 1933, when he emigrated with his family to Palestine. There Robinson finished high school, going on to study mathematics at the Hebrew University under Abraham Fraenkel. He spent the spring of 1940 at the Sorbonne, but when the Germans invaded France Robinson made his way to England. There he spent the war as a refugee, in the service of the Free French Forces. Robinson’s mathematical talents were soon recognized, and he was assigned to the Royal Aircraft Establishment ...

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