Robert Goldman

Profile Updated: October 8, 2022
Robert Goldman
Residing In: Delhi, CA India
Spouse/Partner: Dr. Sally Sutherland Goldman
Occupation: Magistretti Distinguished Professor of Sanskrit Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley
Children/Grandchildren: Jesse Goldman, born 1973
Seth Goldman, born 1978
Aaron Goldman, born 1986
Clara Goldman, More…born 2013
Zev Inder Goldman, born 2019
Sana Ruth Goldman, born 2022
Yes! Attending Reunion
How I've spent the last 50 years:

Teaching and research on Sanskrit and India Studies in the US and India. Just completed seventh and final volume of a massive, decades long translation project of the great ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana of Valmiki, a major literary and religious work. The work has been published by the Princeton University Press, serially from 1984 to 2017. The seventh and final volume was recently awarded the A.K. Ramanujan Translation Prize for 2020 by the Association for Asian Studies. The complete translation has now been published in a single volume paperback by Princeton University Press.

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Oct 08, 2022 at 6:55 PM
Robert Goldman has left an In Memory comment for Bobby Fischer.
Mar 17, 2020 at 4:33 PM

I also was assigned as a member of XYZ to tutor Bobby in, as I recall, algebra. He was a celebrity and a vig credit to the Old Grey and the admin were fearful of his failing math. He was almost compeletly uninterested in the subject. I once asked him if he had a girlfriend or went out with girls and he replied that he had never met a girl he couldn't beat even if he spotted them a bishop and several pawns (anyway something like that.) An extraodinary character. 


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Jul 20, 2015 at 1:56 PM
Robert Goldman has left an In Memory comment for Douglas Stephen Wagner.
Jul 19, 2015 at 4:33 PM


Duggy, as we used to call him was a very close friend of mine and Matt Miller's. I agree with theprevious comments that he was unusually brilliant, but he had a very troubled relationship with his parents esspecially his dad and he used to take refuge at my apartment after school. He would call home and tell the housekeeper that he was tied up at "the Embassy" which always impressed her tremendously. He was very fond of music and he used to closet himself for hours with Jeffrey Hart who was a gifted pianist for what they called their "Sonatathon," listening in chronological order to all of the Beethoven piano sonatas. I was in India the year he died and did not learn of his death untl I got back. I was in shocked disbelief and sadness that has never fully left.  Best to you all. 

Bob Goldman