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Professor Stephen E Robertson

College position(s)

Life Fellow


Computer Science, Management Studies

Specialising in

Information Science

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

  • MA (Cantab), MSc (City); PhD (London). 
  • Fulbright Award, 1981. 
  • Kent Strix Award, Institute of Information Scientists, 1998. 
  • Gerard Salton Award, Association of Computing Machinery SIGIR, 2000. 
  • Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) (2013).

Research themes

My research focuses on information retrieval systems (search engines), models (particularly statistical models) and evaluation. I am also interested in the pre-history of information technology.


As a Non-Stipendiary Fellow (while employed at Microsoft Research Cambridge), my involvement with the College was serving on a few committees and social activities/events. I still take part in the Girton Poetry Group, and maintain the group’s website.

I have been a Visiting Professor at University College London since 2008.

Royal Society Scientific Information Research Fellowship, 1973.  Fellow of Institute of Information Scientists (now Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals), 1979. Professor Emeritus, City University, 2010.

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