Robert Robson FAPS, FRMetS is a long-time staff member of James Cook University and a former student of its precursor, the Townsville University College from 1964-5. He graduated with Honours in Physics from the University of Q'ld in 1967 and subsequently became a weather forecaster with the Brisbane office of the Bureau of Meteorology. In 1972 he obtained a PhD in theoretical physics from ANU, Canberra, and then took up a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Alberta, Canada.

Robson lectured and researched in Physics and Meteorology at the Townsville and Cairns campuses of JCU from 1973-2001, and again at the Townsville campus from 2008 -13. He has also held positions at the ANU, Canberra, the University of Oklahoma, USA, and was the Hitachi Chair of Electrical Engineering at Keio University, Japan in 1994. He is the author of three books and 142 peer reviewed journal articles in Physics and Meteorology.

His research on gases, plasmas, condensed matter and boundary layer meteorology has been supported by the Australian Research Council, the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Germany, the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, the Australian Academy of Science and various Australian government agencies.

He served as National President, Vice-President and Secretary of the Australian Association of von Humboldt Fellows from 1997-2012.

He was an active member of the JCU Cricket Club from 1973-1994, including a stint as President and A-Grade Captain. From 1990-5 he was Secretary and Director of Townsville Basketball Incorporated.

Although officially retired, he remains active in research, most recently at DESY (the German Synchrotron), Hamburg, modelling highly relativistic beams in laser wakefield acceleration.

Further details can be found in full CV.






  • Transport processes in condensed matter and gases; laser wakefield acceleration; global climate modelling
  • Meteorology, statistical mechanics, thermodynamics, plasma physics
  • 2008 to 2013 - Professor, JCU (Townsville)
  • 2006 to 2008 - Senior Fellow, ANU (Canberra)
  • 2005 to 2006 - Professor, Oklahoma University (Norman, USA)
  • 2002 to 2005 - Adjunct Professor, ANU (Canberra)
  • 2001 to 2002 - Humboldt Fellow, Inst Low Temp Plasma (Greifswald, Germany)
  • 1973 to 2001 - Lect./S. Lect./Reader/Assoc. Dean, JCU (Townsville & Cairns)
  • 1994 - Hitachi Chair, Elec. Eng., Keio University (Yokohama)
  • 1972 to 1973 - Postdoc Fellow, Univ. Alberta (Edmonton, Canada)
  • 1965 to 1969 - Meteorologist/ cadet Meteorologist, Bureau of Meteorology (Brisbane)
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  • 2015 - Distinguished Member, Aust. Assoc. von Humboldt Fellows
  • 2013 - Award for Excellence, Japan-Australia Workshop on Gaseoeus Electronics
  • 1994 - Fellow, American Physical Society
  • 1977 - Fellow, Royal Met Soc
  • 1963 - Student of the Year, Atherton High School

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