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Birthdate: March 24, 1942
Birth Place: Chicago, IL, United States
Residence: Cave Junction, OR
Art Robinson was born in Chicago and now lives in Cave Junction, Ore. He earned a bachelor's from the California Institute of Technology and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of California-San Diego.
He taught chemistry and developed a home schooling curriculum that he distributes to thousands of students on CD-ROMs.
Robinson joined in the 1970s with Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling to form the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, becoming its first president and serving for five years. He later had a falling out with Pauling.
Robinson now conducts his own biomedical research on his southern Oregon farm, where he is assisted by some of his six children.
Robinson's wife, Lauralee, died in 1988.
Art Robinson is making his second run for elected office, setting up a rematch of his 2010 campaign against incumbent Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio.
Robinson is a chemist who sympathizes with the tea party movement. Aside from developing and selling a home schooling curriculum, he has studied with scientific luminaries including Linus Pauling, a two-time Nobel Prize winner.
However, Robinson rejects ideas that many of his mainstream colleagues consider scientific consensus. He insists climate change is not caused by humans, and he's explored a theory that exposure to very low levels of radiation is good for humans.
Robinson spooked DeFazio with an unconventional _ but well-funded _ challenge in 2010. He's also shown early fundraising strength in his second bid, tapping into enthusiastic support among climate change skeptics and home schooling advocates.
He opposes abortion and supports gun rights. He says the government has become too oppressive and that representatives motivated by self-interest dominate Congress. Robinson accuses DeFazio of being a socialist and a career politician, and he worries that measures like the 2009 economic stimulus package and the 2010 health care reform bill are impeding on personal freedoms.
Robinson pledges to cut taxes, increase border security and build new power plants. He argues for balancing the federal budget, defunding earmarks and ending special-interest influence in Washington.
Robinson was focused on civil defense during the Cold War, and he said he wrote the 1988 Republican platform on civil defense.
His home schooling curriculum has drawn fire from liberal political observers. The curriculum relies in part on a 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica, a 1913 Webster's Dictionary and the original King James Bible, but his use of books by George Alfred Henty has attracted the most controversy. Robinson's critics say Henty's books from the late 1800s are imperialistic, jingoistic tracts that aren't applicable to students today.
DeFazio has seized the controversy over Robinson's curriculum and his criticism of public school _ as well as provocative claims from Robinson's scientific newsletter _ to portray the Republican as a "nut job."
Robinson's youngest son, Matthew Robinson, changed his registration to the Democratic Party so he could challenge DeFazio in the 2012 primary. The younger Robinson acknowledged that he agreed with his father on just about everything but thought Democrats deserved a chance to oppose DeFazio in the primary. DeFazio won handily.
Source: Associated Press
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