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Commemorating the life and work of Geoff Oldham

It was with great sadness that we heard that Professor Geoff Oldham (age 88) passed away on Sunday 1 October 2017. To commemorate his work and continue his legacy, we are delighted to announce the Geoffrey Oldham Memorial Scholarship Fund, for Masters study at SPRU, which was launched at a special memorial workshop on 13 April 2018.

The Life and Legacy of Geoff Oldham                      In Memory of Geoff Oldham
(video from the workshop, 13 April 2018)                (intro to workshop, 13 April 2018)

About Geoff Oldham

Chris Freeman and Geoff Oldham founded SPRU just over 50 years ago in 1966. Geoff served as Deputy Director before becoming Director in 1982, a post he held until 1993. During this time, he was a key figure in the SPRU ‘Developing Countries Group’, carrying out pioneering work with Charles Cooper, Martin Bell and others. Geoff’s work on science and technology policy and developing countries is unparalleled.

After stepping down as SPRU Director, he continued to work on issues relating to science, technology and development until very recently, his infectious enthusiasm and boundless stamina undimmed.

We pass on our sincere condolences to his wife, Brenda, and other members of his family. 

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