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Denis M. Robinson papers

Identifier: MC-0481

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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.


  • Creation: 1920 - 1988


Access note

This collection is open.

Conditions Governing Use

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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.


17 Cubic Feet (17 record cartons)

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Related Materials

High Voltage Energy Corporation papers, MC-0153, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections.

Robert J. Van de Graaff papers, MC-0045, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections.

John G. Trump papers, MC-0223, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Distinctive Collections.

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Revision Statements

  • 2020 December: Biographical note by Greta Kuriger Suiter added.
  • 2021 October 4: Edited by Lana Mason for compliance with DACS single-level optimum requirements.

Repository Details

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