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# Universality and Diversity

**Professor Derek W. Robinson**

*Centre for Mathematics and its Applications*

School of Mathematical Sciences

Australian National University

Professor
Derek Robinson

School of Mathematical Sciences

Australian National University

Canberra, ACT 0200

Tel: (06) 249 0795 Fax: (06) 249 5549

Derek.Robinson@anu.edu.au

**Biographical note: **Although of Irish background, Derek grew up in Southern England.
His education was at
Oxford, with a B.A. in Mathematics in 1957
and a D.Phil in Theoretical Physics in 1960.
He has worked in Switzerland, Germany, France and the USA.
Derek spent ten years in
Marseille as Professor of Theoretical Physics
before moving to Australia.
He was *Professor of Mathematics* at the
University of New South Wales from 1978-1982.
Since then he has been at the
*Institute of Advance Studies* at the
Australian National University.
From 1988-1992 Derek was *Chairman of the Academic Board*
and until 1996 he was President of the
*Australian Mathematical Society*.

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Reproduction of substantial extracts or use of the full paper
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Inquiries to Professor
Ian Sloan, ph 61 2 9385 3357.

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*Ross Moore ross@ics.mq.edu.au
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1/28/1997