Robin Popplestone memorial endowment established

Photo: Simulated playroom
Robin Popplestone and Kristin Morrison

Professor Emeritus Robin John Popplestone’s wife Kristin Morrison established an endowment in Professor Popplestone’s name. These generous endowment funds will support a graduate student “Popplestone Fellow” for each academic year. The first award will be presented this fall.

“We greatly appreciate Kristin’s generosity in establishing this fund,” said Distinguished Professor and Department Chair Bruce Croft. “What a wonderful way to honor Robin’s contributions to the Department. He is truly missed by all who knew him.”

In 1985, Popplestone, one of the early pioneers in robotics and computer programming languages, joined the faculty of UMass Amherst as a Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Laboratory for Perceptual Robotics. In 1990, Popplestone was selected as a Founding Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) in recognition of his seminal contributions to AI. Due to illness, he retired in 2001 as an Emeritus Professor, and returned to Glasgow, Scotland to be near his family and the sea. Popplestone died on April 14, 2004 after a 10 year battle with cancer. He was 65. For more on his career, go to

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Popplestone Endowment can send donations to: External Relations Director, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, 140 Governors Drive, Amherst, MA 01003-9264. Please make checks payable to UMass Amherst Computer Science and note that the donation is for the Popplestone Endowment. For credit card contributions, go to