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Death of Arthur Robinson

mercredi, 3 juin 2020   (0 Comments)
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Arthur Robinson, who was head of maths at both LGB and La Châtaigneraie died last month, on 10 May, after a battle with cancer.  A commemorative service will be held at Holy Trinity as soon as circumstances allow. We will announce details when we have them.


Arthur's former Ecolint colleague and friend, Ray Bonnan penned the following tribute: 

I first met Arthur in 1971 when both Arthur and I were hired at Ecolint, he as Head of the Mathematics Department and I as Mathematics teacher. He became my mentor and I shall always fondly remember the many times when Arthur and his wife Julie invited me for a truly British Sunday Roast. They felt it was their duty to look after me as I was a single young man and our relationship gradually grew from professional to friendship.

He was very gifted in Mathematics, a taste for which he acquired as a schoolboy and at Cambridge as an undergraduate student. We enjoyed solving Mathematics problems and there was an implied competition on who would produce the solution first. Even if we both had an answer, we would continue discussing which was the most elegant solution.

As Head of Department at Ecolint, Arthur was an innovator. He introduced pocket calculators, which in those days were a marvel, as slide rules and log tables were the norm for scientific calculations. Prior to many other schools, he initiated a full Computer Science program and was instrumental in having a Digital PDP 11 computer installed for student use.

Arthur was intelligent, witty, loyal, friendly and a man of principle, always ready to defend his convictions and speak out when he felt an injustice had been committed. He was also a classical music lover and an accomplished singer.

Arthur will be missed dearly by his friends, former colleagues, generations of students who owe their start to him, his family and particularly Huw and Wendy who lost both their parents in such a short time.

You can also read the official obituary here.

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