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ANR Robinson

Institution:
University of London

Discipline:
Law

Country of Origin:
Trinidad and Tobago

Study Destination:
United Kingdom

Year of Graduation:
1949

Year inducted into Hall of Fame:
2015

ANR Robinson

ANR Robinson was the third President of Trinidad and Tobago serving from 19 March 1997 to 17 March 2003, as well as the third Prime Minister, serving in that capacity from 18 December 1986 to 17 December 1991.  His full name is Arthur Napoleon Raymond Robinson and he is internationally recognized for his proposal that eventually led to the founding of the International Criminal Court.

Robinson was the first active politician of Trinidad and Tobago to be elected to the Presidency. President Robinson sparked controversy in his term in office when he refused to appoint certain Senators recommended by Prime Minister Basdeo Panday following the elections in 2000 and in 2001 when he appointed the Leader of the Opposition, Patrick Manning to the position of Prime Minister after a tied election.

Robinson obtained an LLB degree from London University as an external students, in 1949.  Then, in 1951 he came to United Kingdom where he was called to the bar at Inner Temple and obtained a degree in philosophy, politics and economics from St. John's College, Oxford. Robinson returned to Trinidad and Tobago where he practised as a Barrister-at-Law and founded the People's National Movement, serving in the parliament of the West Indies Federation between 1958 and 1960.

In May 2011 for his great service to this country, the airport in Tobago was renamed the A.N.R. Robinson International Airport, replacing the name 'Crown Point International Airport'. In November 2011, A. N. R. Robinson was the recipient of Tobago's highest award, the Tobago Medal of Honour. 

During the investiture of President Thomas Boni Yayi of Benin as a titled Yoruba chieftain on 20 December 2008, the reigning Ooni of Ile-Ife, Nigeria, Olubuse II, referred to President Robinson and his wife as recipients of the same royal honour.

Robinson died on 9 April, 2014.  In reaction, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar said that he was "one of our nation's outstanding sons...but the legacy he leaves behind shall surely live on to inspire today's and tomorrow's generations."