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April 2018

Professor John Lynch, a distinguished historian of Spain and Latin America, died peacefully at home on 4th April after a long illness.  John was Professor of History at UCL from 1970–1987, and from 1974–1987 was Director of the Institute of Latin American Studies, which subsequently became the UCL Institute of the Americas.

Admired and respected by his students and colleagues, both in the UK and throughout the Americas, for his great scholarship and excellent teaching, he is also remembered fondly for his for his kindness, courtesy, generosity and support, particularly to his graduate students.  He acted as an important and confidential adviser to the government for many years, and his many publications leave a significant legacy, especially in the institutions of Latin America.

Tribute to John Lynch

Michael Alexander Kirkwood Halliday, usually M.A.K. Halliday; passed away peacefully yesterday 15th April 2018 at the Uniting Wesley Heights Nursing Home in Manly, Sydney, Australia, aged 93. He was Director of the Communication Research Centre at UCL from 1963 to 1965 and was Professor of Linguistics at UCL from 1965 to 1971.

Friends and colleagues remember Michael as a modest and unassuming man with an understated sense of humour. The children's author Michael Rosen, whose late father Harold Rosen was former Professor of English Education at the UCL Institute of Education and a student of Halliday's, says, 'Halliday's work was central to the way secondary English teachers treated language as "language in use", with an emphasis on how language is part of social existence, which informed the National Literacy Strategy'.

Tribute to Michael Halliday.

April 2017

Philip G. Wright, former Deputy Director and Senior Research Fellow at OMEGA Centre, UCL Bartlett School of Planning, sadly passed away on 5 April 2017.

Phil was a warm, kind and thoughtful man who in his own low-key manner contributed very insightfully and significantly to the OMEGA Centre’s research, its publications and consultancy portfolio, and to the field of mega infrastructure planning generally. His personality, intelligence and modesty always shone through in all he did. 

Tribute to Philip Wright

Dr Roy Webster, UCL Neurosciences, Physiology and Pharmacology, sadly passed away on April 2 2017. 

Tribute to Roy Webster


March 2017

Professor Mitch Glickstein, Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, UCL Division of Biosciences passed away March 14th 2017

Mitch was a true scholar in the very best sense of the word and a very popular teacher. He always kept the attention of his students with the depth and breadth of his knowledge and his gentle approach to teaching. 

Tribute to Mitch Glickstein


January 2017

Professor Geoffrey Raisman, FRS, Chair of Neural Regeneration, UCL Institute of Neurology sadly passed away on Friday 27 January 2017

Geoffrey was an inspiration to the many colleagues and students that he worked with. He was a truly exceptional and gifted person and his death represents a major loss to the neural regeneration research field and to UCL.

Tribute to Geoffrey Raisman


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