roboticist n.

a scientist or engineer who studies or works with robots


  • 1942 I. Asimov Robot AL-76 Goes Astray in Amazing Stories Feb. 223/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    There was even talk of a Congressional investigation, though every reputable Roboticist and Mathematical Physicist on Earth swore the robot was harmless.

  • 1942 I. Asimov Robot AL-76 Goes Astray in Amazing Stories Feb. 224/2 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    Nor, for that matter, had he any inkling of the fact that half a dozen roboticists, under the leadership of Sam Tobe, were smoking down the highway from Petersboro at better than a hundred and twenty miles an hour—for the sole purpose of having the pleasure and honor of his acquaintance.

  • 1946 I. Asimov Evidence in Astounding Science Fiction Sept. 124/1 page image Isaac Asimov bibliography

    Slowly, the roboticist’s finger touched a knob and the wall illuminators glowed to gentle life.

  • 1949 I. Asimov Victory Unintentional in Invasion from Mars 147 Isaac Asimov

    To dispense with further description, they were indestructible, and so impressively powerful that they were the only robots ever built on whom the roboticists of the corporation had never quite had the nerve to pin a serial-number nickname.

  • 1958 H. B. Piper Ministry of Disturbance in Astounding Science Fiction Dec. 12/2 page image H. Beam Piper bibliography

    Those alterations were made by roboticists from the Ministry of Security; they were installing an adaptation of a device used in the criminalistics-labs, to insure more uniform measurements.

  • 1988 Locus Apr. 25/2

    Opposing the Roboticists are the Biofundamentalists, conservatives who feel that robot intelligence is an abomination. Roboticist Jonathan Durant is killed in a fight with the Bioeffers, and all that is left of him is an imperfect robot copy.

  • 2005 T. Littleton Thought Experiments: The Robots We Want in Asimov’s Science Fiction Apr.–May 17/1 page image Therese Littleton bibliography

    There are more women roboticists than you might think. Many of them came out of MIT.

Research requirements

antedating 1942

Earliest cite

Isaac Asimov, "Robot AL-76 Goes Astray", in Amazing Stories

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a 1946 cite from Isaac Asimov's "Evidence".
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1949 reprint of Asimov's "Victory Unintentional": we would like to verify this in the story's first publication (Super Science Stories, August 1942).
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1954 reprint of Asimov's "Robot AL 76 Goes Astray"; Jesse Sheidlower verified it in the story's first publication (Amazing Stories February 1942)
Earliest cite in the OED: 1947.

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