Robin Devenish retired at the end of September 2010 from his position as a professor of physics at Oxford University and fellow of Hertford College. Robin was educated by the Benedictines and then St John’s College Cambridge. He joined Oxford in 1979, having held various research positions in UK Universities and at the DESY Laboratory in Hamburg after finishing his doctorate in 1968. He is still active in experimental particle physics, especially deep-inelastic scattering. He was awarded the Institute of Physics/German Physical Society Max Born medal in 2009.