MIAMI — A British research firm recently combed 25,000
DNA samples searching for a modern descendant of Genghis Khan from outside
the Mongolian warlord’s ancient empire.
They found one: a University of Miami accounting professor.
Tom Robinson, a 48-year-old Palmetto Bay, Fla., resident, has taken the
odd news with amiable modesty, even though the Mongolian ambassador to
the United States plans to invite him as an honored guest to his Washington
They’re an unlikely pair, the emperor and the accountant. Genghis was known
as the type of guy who would conquer villages across two continents, murder
entire tribes, and take thousands of female partners.
Robinson is an academic who leads a quiet life with
his wife of 25 years. “I think I do have a certain number of administrative
skills," Robinson said, noting he was once president of a local
financial analyst society. "I haven’t done any conquering, per se."
from the Boston Globe