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Robinson, Denis Morrell


Biographical Note

Denis Morrell Robinson was born in 1907. He studied electrical engineering at the University of London graduating with his PhD in 1929. After graduating, he received a fellowship to study electrical engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he worked with Vannevar Bush from 1929 to 1931. He then went back to England until 1941 at which point he came to the MIT Radiation Lab (Rad Lab) as the British liaison. (1) After World War II, in 1946, Robinson with John Trump and Robert J. Van de Graaff founded the High Voltage Engineering Corporation which he worked at for the rest of his career. (2)

1. Engineering and Technology History Wiki. “Oral-History: Denis M. Robinson.” Accessed December 23, 2020.

2. American Institute of Physics. “Denis Morrell Robinson,” March 20, 2015. Accessed December 23, 2020.

Found in 2 Collections and/or Records:

Denis M. Robinson papers

Identifier: MC-0481
Scope and Contents

The collection documents the professional and personal activities of Denis M. Robinson from 1920 to 1988.

Materials include: correspondence, notebooks, calendars, speeches, talks, and interviews, and slides.

Dates: 1920 - 1988

High Voltage Engineering Corporation records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MC-0153
Abstract The collection documents the High Voltage Engineering Corporation, a company founded in 1947 by Robert J. Van de Graaff, Denis M. Robinson, and John G. Trump, all members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) faculty. Manufacturing operations began with the development and manufacture of particle accelerators, and then electromagnetic and neutron generators. The records consist of technical notes and drawings left by Robert J. Van de Graaff, chief scientist and one of the...
Dates: 1933 - 1969