Fred Colson Robinson (23 September 1930, Birmingham, Alabama – 5 May 2016, New Haven, Connecticut) was an American historian at Yale University.[1] He was widely considered one of the world's foremost authorities on Old English.[2]


Robinson received in 1953 his bachelor's degree in English and fine arts from Birmingham–Southern College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in English and comparative linguistics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His 1961 doctoral dissertation is titled Variation: A Study in the Diction of 'Beowulf'. After teaching at Stanford University and at Cornell University, he joined the Yale faculty in 1972 and eventually retired there as professor emeritus.[2]

He was a Guggenheim Fellow for the academic year 1974–1975.[3] In 1984 he shared the Haskins Medal with Stanley B. Greenfield for their 1980 book A Bibliography of Publications on Old English Literature to the End of 1972. Robinson was the president of the Medieval Academy of America in 1984.[2] In 1996 he delivered the British Academy's Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lecture.[4]

Upon his death Robinson was survived by his widow, two children, and four grandchildren.[2]



Selected articles



  1. ^ "YaleNews | In memoriam: Fred C. Robinson, scholar of Old English language and literature". 2016-05-16. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  2. ^ a b c d Abramowitz, Michael J. (February 10, 1983). "Yale Medievalist Turns Down Tenure; Harvard Temporarily Delays Search". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved 2016-09-10.
  3. ^ "Fred C. Robinson". John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation.
  4. ^ "Sir Israel Gollancz Memorial Lectures". The British Academy. text
  5. ^ Calder, Daniel G. (1984). "Review of A Guide to Old English by Bruce Mitchell and Fred C. Robinson". Speculum. 59 (2): 416–419. doi:10.2307/2856419. ISSN 0038-7134. JSTOR 2856419.
  6. ^ Robinson, Fred (1970). Old English Literature: A Select Bibliography. doi:10.3138/9781487574512. ISBN 9781487574512. ((cite book)): |website= ignored (help)