Honorary Fellow Umberto Eco dies

22 February 2016

We are sorry to announce that our first-appointed Honorary Fellow Umberto Eco has died aged 84. Eco was an Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist. His best known work is the historical mystery novel Il nome della rosa (The Name of the Rose), an intellectual mystery combining semiotics in fiction, biblical analysis, medieval studies and literary theory. Further novels, including Il pendolo di Foucault (Foucault’s Pendulum) and L’isola del giorno prima (The Island of the Day Before) were published to much literary acclaim.

Umberto Eco also wrote academic texts, children’s books and many essays. He was founder of the Dipartimento di Comunicazione (Department of Media Studies) at the University of the Republic of San Marino, President of the Scuola Superiore di Studi Umanistici (Graduate School for the Study of the Humanities), University of Bologna, and member of the Accademia dei Lincei.

Listen to Umberto Eco on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island Discs.

Read an obituary in The Telegraph.