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Dr. Maureen Robinson

Full name: Maureen Tomlinson Robinson
Birth date: June 25, 1958
Birth place: New York City
Height: 5 feet, 5 inches
Weight: 128 pounds
Eyes: Blue Hair: Auburn
Hobbies/interests: Cooking, hydroponics, gardening

Maureen was born the second daughter of James and Margaret Tomlinson. Her father was the founder and owner of Tomlinson Engineering Corporation, an aircraft navigation systems design firm.

She was educated at a private school for gifted children. She had a "normal" childhood, until her parents were killed in a plane crash in 1966. Her older sister, Colleen, who lived in Los Angeles, then became Maureen's legal guardian. Because of the tragic death of her parents, "In later years, she would feel strongly about the well-being of her husband and three children, sometimes to the point of being over-protective."

Maureen graduated from high school in 1976, and then enrolled at the California Institute of Technology. She received her bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1980. While in college, she met a young student from Massachusetts named John Robinson. They were married in 1977, and their first child, Judy, was born in 1978.

After college, Maureen worked at Tetrodyne Chemicals, a company specializing in solid fuel propellants for the U.S. military and NASA. In 1985, with the birth of Penny, she left her job to become a full-time mother and housewife. The family moved to Houston, Texas, where John had taken a job with Alpha Control.

After a while, she went back to school to obtain her master's degree, which she completed in 1991. She then began to work on a doctorate in biochemistry.

She was at first shocked when John proposed the idea of becoming the first family to colonize Alpha Centauri. Though still reluctant, she finally consented, and John submitted their application to Alpha Control in March of 1993. Three months later, the Robinsons were chosen to be "the first family in space." They spent the next four years in training at the United States Space Corps training facility, where Maureen finished her doctorate. She and her family left Earth on October 16, 1997.