Professor Robin Crewe is a research associate in the Centre for the Advancement of Scholarship and professor of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria. He is an emeritus vice-principal and a member of the Social Insects Research Group (SIRG). He is a former President of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
He has worked for many years on chemical communication and social organization in a variety of social insects. His current research is on social organization in the Cape honey bee and early beekeeping in the Cape Colony in the 19th century. He has held an NRF rating continuously for 39 years and has a B1 rating.
He is a member of the Academy of Science of South Africa, a fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, a fellow of the African Academy of Science, and a fellow of the World Academy of Science. He is a Foreign Associate of Hassan II Academy of Science and Technology in Morocco and was awarded the Gold Medal of the Zoological Society of South Africa and is an honorary life member of the Entomological Society of southern Africa. He was the recipient of the Harry Oppenheimer Research Award for 2012 and received the Gold Medal of the Academy of Science of South Africa in 2013.