Larger than life

Created by Tom 6 months ago

Larger than life - that term was invented for Jeremy. Gregarious but also very knowledgeable, and willing to share that knowledge. Everything you want from an academic in a teaching role. He will live on in his publications and in his students.

Surprisingly, I don't have any photos from my 5 years in ITS between 1986 and 2000 with him in. But I have great memories, and Jeremy was already part of the ITS furniture. I am sure I was the subject (or victim?) of his wit in a number of ITS News stories. And I must have spent (too) many hours with him in one of the pubs in Leeds that served Tetleys.

Which reminds me of an occasion when I returned to the Institute to do a guest lecture many years later. On my way back to the station I stopped for a quick drink in town, only to bump into Jeremy sitting quietly enjoying a pint of his own. Suffice to say that I missed my train and several others (and yes, Mark Wardman was also involved). That's the Jeremy I will remember - excellent in his work but also an easy-going colleague to share a few good stories with (although I missed half of what he said in that broad accent...).