David A Robbins
Seabury Professor of Mathematics and Natural Philosophy, Emeritus
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Trinity College faculty member since 1972
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M.S., Rensselaer Polytechnic Inst.
Ph.D., Duke Univ.
M.A., Duke Univ.
M.A., Bucknell Univ.
A.B., Dartmouth College

Prof. Robbins came to Trinity directly out of graduate school in 1972. He was fortunate to enjoy good students, good colleagues, and a good place to work overall during his forty-odd years (some of them very odd indeed) at Trinity. Latterly, however, his latent Puritanism surfaced, and he felt guilty about so much enjoyment, so he retired in 2014. Several years later, he and his wife moved to Tucson, AZ where he is content never again to shovel snow, rake leaves, or mow grass.

He is reasonably sure he did not totally botch more than about a dozen of the many courses he taught over his 42 years at Trinity. He remembers many of his Trinity students fondly, even more of them vividly, and flatters himself to believe that not all of them will refuse to contribute to the College because of their classroom experience with him.

His research over the years was in the area of functional analysis, specifically, Banach modules over Banach algebras, and even more specifically C(X)-modules of vector-valued functions.  His goal had been to have papers ready for publication at the time he shuffled off this mortal coil, so that he would have both published and perished, but that is not going to happen.  (Unlike the Austrian mathematician Leopold Vietoris, 1890-2001, who published his last paper at age 106.)  His Erdos number is 4, his Einstein number is 6, and his Kevin Bacon number is 3.