Glen ROBINSON Jr.


Family-Placed Death Notice

ROBINSON, Glen, Jr. GLEN PARMELEE ROBINSON, JR. Glen Parmelee Robinson, Jr., an entrepreneur and philanthropist known as "the father of the high tech industry in Georgia", died at the age of 89 in Atlanta GA on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. Robinson was born in 1923 in Crescent City, Florida to Glen Parmelee and Laura Mae Robinson. In 1942, Robinson enrolled as a student at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He interrupted his education to enlist in the Naval Signal Corps and saw service in the Pacific Theatre of World War II. Robinson returned to Georgia Tech in 1948 and received both a bachelor's and master's degrees in physics. After graduation, Robinson worked at the Georgia Tech Research Institute and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory. In 1951, Mr. Robinson with six other Georgia Tech researchers founded Scientific Atlanta. He was CEO of Scientific Atlanta for 20 years and served as chairman of the board for an additional eight years until his retirement in 1979. After Scientific Atlanta, Robinson went on to found and invest in numerous Atlanta-based science-related companies. In 1978, Robinson was selected as a Fellow of the IEEE, a prestigious professional association for the advancement of technology, and holds at least 42 patents in a wide range of technologies, including energy devices, lasers and antenna systems. For his contributions, Mr. Robinson was named Georgia's Small Businessman of the Year in 1965, the Georgia Business and Industry Association's Entrepreneur of the Year in 1981, and was elected to the Georgia Technology Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2003, Georgia Tech awarded him an honorary Ph.D. in Physics, and in 2007, a tower of Georgia Tech's Molecular Science and Engineering Building was named in his honor. Robinson has held positions on numerous boards, including: Chairman of the Georgia Science and Technology Commission; Chairman of the Georgia Tech Research Corporation; Trustee of The Georgia Tech Foundation and Member of the Board of Visitors of Emory University; the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Theater of the Stars and the Georgia Business and Industry Association. Mr. Robinson was a founding member and trustee of the Episcopal Radio TV foundation (now known as the Episcopal Media Center) and chaired the endowment for the foundation. Jan Musgrove Robinson, his wife of 64 years, five children, 12 grandchildren and three great grandchildren survive him. The memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2013 at St. Anne's Episcopal Church in Atlanta, GA - 3098 St. Anne's Lane, 30327. A reception will follow in the Parish Hall. Memorial gifts to honor Mr. Robinson can be sent to the St. Anne's Episcopal Church.

Funeral Home

H.M. Patterson & Son-Arlington Chapel
173 Allen Road Ne Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 851-9900

Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Jan. 18, 2013