Historian Tony Judt dies

Tony Judt

Historian and former Fellow of King's Tony Judt died last Friday (6 August), age 62. Judt is best known for his controversial essays on American foreign policy, Israel and the future of Europe, and for his critically acclaimed masterwork Postwar: A History of Europe since 1945.

He studied history at King's and gained both his BA degree (1969) and a PhD (1972) here. In his final article for the New York Review of Books he recounts the formative influence King's had on him, in particular his Tutor John Dunn (still a Fellow of the college).

He was elected a Fellow of King's himself in 1972 and remained at the college until 1978, when he left to teach at the University of California at Berkeley. He went on to teach at St Anne's College, Oxford, and finally New York University, where he became Erich Maria Remarque Professor in European Studies.

Judt was diagnosed with the motor neuron disorder Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2008, and died at his home in Manhattan of complications from the disease.


9 August 2010