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And here's to you, Mr. Robinson
Just a note to celebrate the life of a friend and colleague, from whose funeral
I have just now returned.
John Robinson was Professor of Physics here at my university. In 1995 he, Matt
Smith, and I published an (only somewhat) tongue in cheek paper in Journal of
Vertebrate Paleontology, in which we calculated the impact forces that would
afflict a _Tyrannosaurus_ were it to trip while moving at speed. This was
followed up in 2000 in a paper in American Zoologist, in which John, Tom Holtz,
Steve Gatesy, and I did a review of various aspects of theropod locomotion.
Finally, John was a co-author of a paper in the forthcoming (after MANY years)
Burpee Symposium on tyrannosaur biology.
John was a great guy, with a splendid sense of humor, who got quite a kick out
of his occasional forays into dinosaur paleontology. He died after a heroic
four-year struggle against pancreatic cancer.
So here's to his memory. I wish we could write more papers together.....