Julia Robinson - biography

Mathematician from United States of America

Julia Robinson Julia Hall Bowman Robinson (December 8, 1919 – July 30, 1985) was an American mathematician best known for her work on decision problems and Hilbert's Tenth Problem. Robinson was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the daughter of Ralph Bowers Bowman and Helen (Hall) Bowman. Her older sister was the mathematical popularizer and biographer Constance Reid. The family moved to Arizona and then to San Diego when the girls were a few years old. Julia attended San Diego High. She entered San Diego State University in 1936 and transferred as a senior to University of California, Berkeley in 1939. She received her BA degree in 1940 and continued in graduate studies. She received the Ph.D. degree in 1948 under Alfred Tarski with a dissertation on "Definability and Decision Problems in Arithmetic". In 1975 she became a full professor at Berkeley, teaching quarter-time because she still did not feel strong enough for a full-time job. Hilbert's tenth problem asks for an algorithm to determine whether a Diophantine equation has any solutions in integers. A series of results developed in the 1940s through 1970 by Robinson, Martin Davis, Hilary Putnam, and Yuri Matiyasevich resolved this problem in the  ( Wikipedia article )

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Personal facts

Date of birth
1919-12-08
Place of birth
St. Louis
Nationality
United States of America
Parents
Helen (Hall) Bowman
Spouse(s)
Raphael M. Robinson
Siblings
Constance Reid
Profession
Scientist, Mathematician

Education

Institution From To
University of California, Berkeley
San Diego State University

Performances

Year Performance Character
1972 A Fan's Notes Bunny Sue

Death

Date of death
1985-07-30
Cause of death
Leukemia
Place of death
Oakland

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