Though born in St. Louis, Missouri, I was raised and went to school in San Diego.
After starting at San Diego State University, I transferred to the University of California-Berkeley where I earned both a B.A. and Ph.D. in mathematics.
My thesis adviser was the great Alfred Tarski, who guided my writing a disseration on Definability and Decision Problems in Arithmetic.
Because my heart was damaged by rheumatic fever as a child, I suffered poor health and shortness of breath as an adult...which allowed me to teach at Berkely only quarter-time.
I contributed to the resolution (in the negative) of Hilbert's tenth problem, which requires an algorithm to determine whether a Diophantine equation has any solutions in integers.
The majority of my research work was in the area of decision analysis and developing non-standard models of arithmetic, though dabbled in statistics and game theory.
Though a one-hour video documentary was made of my life and contributions to resolving Hilberts tenth problem, my older sister Constance Reid is more famous due to her work as a mathematics biographer and popularizer of mathematics for the layperson.
Julia Hall Bowman Robinson (1919 – 1985)