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 CaliforniaBerkeley 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 quartertime.
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 nonstandard models of arithmetic, though dabbled in statistics and game theory.
Though a onehour 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.
Answer:
Julia Hall Bowman Robinson (1919 – 1985)
