[FOM] Fwd: [blc] Barry Cooper, 1943--2015

Sara L. Uckelman s.l.uckelman at durham.ac.uk
Wed Oct 28 17:26:58 EDT 2015

Very sad news from Leeds.

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Subject: 	[blc] Barry Cooper, 1943--2015
Date: 	Wed, 28 Oct 2015 21:24:01 +0000
From: 	H Dugald MacPherson <H.D.MacPherson at leeds.ac.uk>
To: 	'blc at cs.nott.ac.uk' <blc at cs.nott.ac.uk>

Dear All,

I am sorry to report the very sad news that Barry Cooper died at his
home in Leeds on Monday night. He learned less than three weeks ago that
he had untreatable cancer, and the decline was much faster

than expected. He was with his family at the end.

Born on 9.10.1943, Barry had been  a leading figure in UK logic since
the 1960s. He came to the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in  October
1969, and apart from visits elsewhere (he was a lecturer at UC Berkeley
1971-1973 and came back to Leeds in 1974), held his career throughout in
Leeds, becoming a Professor in 1996.  He was a major figure in
computability theory, especially degree theory, also exploring in the
last 10-15 years wider and more philosophical ramifications. He had many
PhD students, some now in leading academic positions, and was also
popular with undergraduates as an outstanding and charismatic lecturer.
Barry had been exceptionally energetic in recent years, and died  with
several papers and books still in progress. He played a leading role in
developing Computability in Europe, of which he was President, and also,
by chairing the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee, helped to drive the
international and hugely successful Turing Centenary in 2012. I and his
other colleagues in Leeds will value and remember him for many things,
especially his originality and broad vision, and his kindness to more
junior people – staff or students, in Leeds or elsewhere. As a
researcher, teacher, and academic citizen, he will be a big loss for the
logic community, in the UK and worldwide.

Best Wishes,

Dugald Macpherson

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