NPR Interview July 2013
Robin Leslie Jones
  • 76 years old
  • Date of birth: May 19, 1940
  • Place of birth:
    United Kingdom
  • Date of passing: Aug 20, 2016
  • Place of passing:
    Menlo Park, California, United States

This memorial website was created in memory of Robin Leslie Jones, 76, born on May 19, 1940 and passed away on August 20, 2016. 

“There are stars whose radiance is visible on Earth though they have long been extinct. There are people whose brilliance continues to light the world even though they are no longer among the living. These lights are particularly bright when the night is dark.”  -  Hannah Senesh


Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Jim Bronson on 23rd October 2016

"Lovely memories of Robin shared here, a dear friend and colleague.  I'll always remember him for being a caring and insightful manager of his remarkable team at EPRI.  Truly forever missed.  A man of deep values and consummate skills.  We need him and so many more like him to help us deal with an often turbulent and concerning world."

This tribute was added by Anne Jones on 17th October 2016

"From Ric Rudman -
Today, during my morning walk, I thought of Robin and I want to share those thoughts with you. Robin and I worked together in various capacities for 25 years at EPRI. Three words come to mind when I think of him – collaborative, kind and wise.

Robin had collaboration embedded in his DNA – he embodied EPRI’s business model. As a result, he worked very effectively with both our staff and our utility members. He was respected by everyone as an honest broker. I honestly think that was the secret of his management success.

Robin was kind. He had a gentle soul and treated everyone with respect. He genuinely liked people and engaged them with his infectious smile.

Robin was wise. He had a deep understanding of people, technology and the issues facing the electric utility industry. As a result, he knew how to craft thoughtful solutions that worked in the real world – a skill that served him well throughout his EPRI career.

We will all miss Robin, especially his warm, sweet smile."

This tribute was added by Peter Chou on 17th October 2016

"Robin hired me into EPRI in November 2003, within a year of my PhD.  His office was a few doors down from mine, although he was the Vice President of R&D at time time. One evening, when we were both working somewhat late, he called me into his office to discuss the Alloy 600 crack growth disposition curve on which he and John Hickling were working. The aggregate data was scattershot, spanning more than two orders of magnitude. "We are working with the best researchers in the world," he shook his head, "there must be something that we are not seeing"... When I received the invitation for his memorial, my mind flashed back to that conversation. I realized that I have been asking that question, in the context of my own work, ever since. Much of my work have focused on the application of atom probe tomography (APT) to complement transmission electron microscopy (TEM). I and some others who work on materials of the light-water-reactor primary systems are realizing that TEM was not showing us all that there was to see and that APT is providing important new observations  Robin was right."

This tribute was added by Albert Machiels on 16th October 2016

"I had the privilege of working for Robin for a number of years at EPRI. He was an example for all of us. In addition to his obvious technical knowledge, he was always good-natured and supportive. I learned a lot from him, and he will remain one of the lights that shined during my working career."

This tribute was added by Jym Clendenin on 15th October 2016

"Soon after Robin and Anne moved into the house across the street from us--how long ago, 25 years or so--we became friends and over the years enjoyed sharing a glass of wine, a dinner, a backyard BBQ and other social occasions that were very special. Since Jym is a physicist, he and Robin sometimes had meaningful scientific/technical discussions, but really we just enjoyed  and appreciated the wonderful couple that Robin and Anne were. We especially want to acknowledge the strength of Robin's intellectual and moral commitment when he decided to share openly with others his experience as dementia took him away from us. His is an example that we can all aspire to follow. Rest well Robin. Jym and Judy Clendenin"

This tribute was added by Anne Jones on 14th October 2016

"From Norris Harota -
Robin served as an extraordinary leader at EPRI, and a mentor to me and many others. However, my fondest memories of Robin were created through the friendship we forged as teammates on EPRI's Championship Corporate Cup team. Please know that he is in my thoughts."

This tribute was added by Anne Jones on 14th October 2016

"From John and Sadie Meakin -
We have lost a valued friend and colleague.
Our thoughts are with you."

This tribute was added by Anne Jones on 14th October 2016

"From Mike Miller -
I was so saddened to learn of Robin's passing. He will always be one of my favorite EPRI people."

This tribute was added by Anne Jones on 14th October 2016

"From Raj Pathania -
Robin hired me at EPRI and I had the good fortune of working for him for many years. I will always remember his sensitivity, kindness and encouragement to me over the years. He combined a deep technical knowledge with empathy for those who worked with him. I am glad that I met him. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers."

This tribute was added by Jim Lang on 14th October 2016

"Robin Jones -- a fine man, an accomplished scientist and a good boss.  Surely a pleasure to know and work with."

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