Robinson enters Manchester University. Although he wants to study mathematics, his father forces him to apply for chemistry. William H. Perkin Jr. inspires Robinson with a lifelong devotion to the chemistry of carbon. During his third year, he conducts special practical work in the chemistry of dyestuffs, directed by Jocelyn Field Thorpe. During some vacations at home he leads his first original work in organic synthesis: a synthesis of terebic acid. Robinson graduates with first class honours.
Robert Robinson is appointed Professor of Chemistry at St. Andrews. Robinson continues his work on alkaloids and with John Mason Gulland, and he confirms a new structure for the morphine family.
Robert Robinson takes the Chair in Organic Chemistry at the University of Liverpool. The effective head of the department, Edward C. C. Baly, requests to manufacture chemicals vital to the World War I effort, including TNT and picric acid. Robinson concentrates on the synthesis of alkaloids, then in short supply.
Robert Robinson is appointed the first Professor of Pure and Applied Organic Chemistry in the University of Sydney. Here he conducts studies of C-alkylations of enolates, synthesis of various derivatives of catechol, and an investigation into eudesmin, a component of the oil from the Australian eucalyptus tree.
Robert Robinson dies in Great Missenden at the age of 88. Almost blind, he is working on his autobiography as he passes away.
Robert Robinson is appointed Director of Research at the British Dyestuffs Corporation. He directs experiments on azo-dyes which lead to new products, particularly those derived from coupling diazonium salts with cresols. Thereby he gains a deeper insight into the industrial aspects of dyestuffs chemistry.
Robert Robinson becomes residential tutor in chemistry at Dalton Hall, one of the university’s halls of residence. During these years he meets Arthur Lapworth and becomes his friend.
Robert Robinson is appointed Professor of Organic Chemistry at University College, London. Here he continues studying anthocyanin synthesis and the structure of natural dyestuff.
Robinson is appointed Waynflete Professor of Chemistry, Oxford University, where he remains until his retirement in 1955 when he becomes Emeritus Professor and Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College. From the 1930s onward, he concentrates on sterols. In 1939 he receives a knighthood and becomes president of the Chemical Society until 1941. With the advent of World War II, Robinson works concentrate on penicillin studies, and then he returns to alkaloid studies, especially brucine and strychnine.
Robert Robinson receives the Nobel Prize in Chemistry "for his investigations on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids".
Robert Robinson succeeds in producing Tropinone, a compound related to cocaine and he introduces a novel strategy for preparing complex organic compounds.
Robinson takes a Chair in Organic Chemistry at Manchester University. He works on anthocyanins, a group of plant pigments responsible for most of the reds and blues in flowers. He also researches on carajura, a plant material from Venezuela, on anti-malarials, and on the synthesis of fatty acids. In 1925 he presents a paper on the directive effects of substituents on the course of aromatic substitution. Shortly after begins a fight with Christopher K. Ingold on details of the electronic theory.
Robert Robinson is invited to join the Perkin’s private laboratory where at first he works on the preparation of ethyl piperonylacetate and then on a natural dyestuff. During this period Robinson becomes particularly fascinated by alkaloids. He earns his Ph.D. at Manchester University.
Robert Robinson marries Gertrude Walsh, a young student from Cheshire at Over Parish Church, Cheshire.
Robert Robinson is born in Rufford, the son of William Bradbury Robinson, a surgical dressing manufacturer and his second wife, Jane Davenport.
At the age of twelve Robert Robinson enters Fulneck School. Here his interest in mathematics is deepened by individual tutoring in his last year from J. H. Blandford.
Robert Robinson attends Chesterfield Grammar School, whose headmaster is the first to stimulate his interest in mathematics. During these years he develops a general interest in natural phenomena, a passion for mountain excursions and a love for chess.
Robert Robinson receives the Nobel Prize for Chemistry "for his investigations on plant products of biological importance, especially the alkaloids". Robinson’s studies on the chemical reactions that form alkaloids in plants lead him to discover the structures of morphine in 1925 and strychnine in 1946.