Deaths of Lisa Jardine and David Cesarani

Deaths of Lisa Jardine and David Cesarani

Two leading historians, Lisa Jardine [pictured] and David Cesarani, have died.

Jardine, professor of Renaissance studies at University College London (UCL), has died aged 71, after suffering from cancer.

Jardine's numerous works included Ingenious Pursuits: Building the Scientific Revolution (Little, Brown) and The Curious Life of Robert Hooke (HarperCollins); her most recent title Temptation in the Archives: Essays in Golden Age Dutch Culture was a launch title for the newly revived UCL Press in June. She judged numerous literary prizes, including chairing the 2002 Man Booker Prize judging panel, as well as that of the 1997 Orange Prize.

Arabella Pike, Jardine's editor at HarperCollins, said: "We were very sad to hear of the death of Lisa Jardine. She was a historian and writer of great brilliance and brought unbounded energy, intelligence and creativity to all that she did - from her magisterial lives of Robert Hooke and Christopher Wren, to her superb reassessment of 17th century history in Going Dutch.  It was joy to publish her and a pleasure to know her."

Tributes to Jardine were paid on the BBC Radio 4 "Today" programme this morning (Monday 26th October), with fellow historian Peter Hennessy calling her was a "polymath" who bestrode both the arts and sciences and "bedazzled her generation."

Simon Schama commented on social media: "Like many of you I am mourning the irreparable loss of Lisa Jardine, friend and inspiration for half a century. The world [is] suddenly colder." Amanda Foreman described Jardine as an "inspiring and exemplary historian" as well as a "wonderful friend."

Meanwhile David Cesarani, research professor at the Royal Holloway and a specialist in the Holocaust, has passed away at the age of 58, reportedly following a cancer operation. Cesarani was awarded the OBE for services to Holocaust education and his latest history Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-49 is due out from Pan Macmillan next January. His other works include After Eichmann: Collective Memory and the Holocaust since 1961 (Routledge), and The Final Solution: Origins and Implementation (Routledge).

Royal Holloway principal Paul Layzell described his death as "both a great shock and loss to all humanity."

Georgina Morley, David Cesarani’s editor at Pan Macmillan, commented: “Everyone at Pan Macmillan is shocked and saddened by the death of David Cesarani, only a few short months before the publication of his magisterial reassessment of the Holocaust, Final Solution: The Fate of the Jews 1933-1949. David was in the process of finalizing the book when he died and it is a further sadness that he never saw a finished copy. It is a superb work of history: meticulously researched, compelling and authoritative. It is a real testament to David's lifetime's work and achievements. We are hugely proud to be its publisher.”