Robert Martin was born in France in 1928. He graduated as engineer from CNAM, France then as doctor-engineer and doctor es sciences (Ph.D.) from the University of Paris, France. He studied with professors Léon Denivelle and Albert Kirrmann.
After working in the pharmaceutical industry for a period of time, Dr. Martin completed his career as organic chemist in the Research Laboratory of CNRS, Institut Curie, Paris.
He has been studying the Fries reaction since 1956 and has prepared a considerable number of aromatic hydroxyketones. A large part of them is included in the reference NMR and IR spectra collection of Sadtler (Philadelphia, USA).
His research on aromatic hydroxyketones produced about 40 publications between 1963 and 1992, some of them in collaboration with Mainz University, Germany and others with Institut Curie, Paris.
In 1992, he published a review on the Fries reaction in the journal Organic Preparations and Procedures International. This was followed by the publication of two books dealing with aromatic hydroxyketones, published by Kluwer in 1997 and 2000 respectively. A third book was published in 2005 and a 4 volumes SET in 2010, both published by Springer. For his various works concerning aromatic hydroxyketones he received the silver gilt medal from the Société d’Encouragement à l’Industrie Nationale in 1985.