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With great sadness we announce the death of Prof. Hugh Mellor 1938-2020, who passed away at Addenbrookes Sunday 21st June, from complications arising from lymphoma. Prof. Mellor contributed with the greatest distinction to many fields, including Metaphysics and Probability Theory, and has had a long and close association with the Philosophy Faculty. He taught in the Faculty from 1965 to 1999, where he was Professor from 1986 to 1999, continuing thereafter as Emeritus Professor. He also has a strong association with History and Philosophy of Science, having done his PhD with Mary Hesse, awarded in 1968. He was a Fellow of Pembroke College from 1964 to 1970 and of Darwin College from 1971 to 2005. He was Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the University from 2000 to 2001. He continued to be a great friend to the Faculty throughout his life, a formidable and lively presence at Philosophy Faculty events, and his warmth, energy and irreverent wisdom have been an encouragement to us all, from students to senior colleagues. He will be very greatly missed.

You can read more about Prof. Mellor and his work in this piece by Prof. Tim Crane, written for the Faculty Newsletter in 2009, just after Prof. Mellor's 70th birthday.


Stewart Candlish, at the Australian Academy of the Humanities

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