Andrew Robinson

Author of Einstein: A Hundred Years of Relativity

Andrew Robinson is the author of some twenty books covering both the arts and the sciences, which have been acclaimed by both national newspapers and specialist journals. They include five biographies of exceptionally creative individuals in a wide range of fields: the physicist Albert Einstein (A Hundred Years of Relativity, 2005), the film director Satyajit Ray (The Inner Eye, 1989), the writer Rabindranath Tagore (The Myriad-Minded Man, 1995), the archaeological decipherer Michael Ventris (The Man Who Deciphered Linear B, 2002), and the polymath Thomas Young (The Last Man Who Knew Everything, 2006).

He is a King's Scholar of Eton College, and holds a degree in chemistry from Oxford University and a second degree from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. For many years he worked in book publishing, television, and journalism, most recently as Literary Editor of The Times Higher Education Supplement from 1994-2006. From 2006-2010, he was a Visiting Fellow of Wolfson College, Cambridge.

His latest book, published by Oxford University Press in 2010, is Sudden Genius? The Gradual Path to Creative Breakthroughs, a study of artistic and scientific ‘eurekas’.

Photograph by Jonathan Bowen