Professor of International Relations since 1993, who died on 4 October aged 67,
was the pre-eminent European scholar in the formal analysis of war and conflict
and the possibility of peaceful resolutions of disputes, and was also immensely
respected in north America.
Indicative of his
standing was the recent award of the Lewis Fry Richardson gold medal for
lifetime achievement from the European Consortium for Political Research.
Michael was its first recipient, and was hugely pleased when informed about it
shortly before he became ill.
He was born and grew up
in Yorkshire. He went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1953, achieving a
double first in Economics. He gained his PhD in Economics in 1963, also from
Michael published seven
books between 1970 and 1998, including Conflict Analysis (1971) and Rationality
and the Analysis of the International Conflict (1992). He was a founder
member of the British International Studies Association.
He was Subject Chair at Sussex
from 1993-96, during which time his administrative skills became legendary, so
much so that his office became known as “the black hole”.
Michael gave as much time
and care to teaching first-year students as he did to those doing research. He
was a wonderful colleague - kind, thoughtful, stimulating and encouraging,
especially to younger faculty members.
Senior Lecturer in
International Relations, SOC
Friday 2 November 2001
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