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Doctor Jack Thompson has passed away

Generous, beloved and distinguished Edinburgh academic Jack Thompson passed away on Thursday 10 August after a period of illness.

Jack was a great friend of the Centre of African Studies (CAS) and he has been a fantastic supervisor to many CAS students over the years. He was a leading academic of African Christianity, with a particular focus on Malawi. His publications include Christianity in Northern Malawi; Ngoni, Xhosa and Scot: Religious and Cultural Interaction in Malawi; and Light on Darkness; Missionary Photography in Africa in the Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries.

Between 2005 and 2008 he was director of the Centre for the Study of World Christianity at New College, Edinburgh, just before retiring from his long career as from his long career as senior lecturer in African Christianity.  

As well as teaching at Edinburgh, he has previously taught at Birmingham, Yale and Dartmouth Colleges as well as serving as Vice Chancellor of the University of Livingstonia in Malawi for a short period.

Our thoughts go to his wife Phyllis, his daughter and son and his beloved grandchildren.

He will be fondly remembered for his intellectual contributions and academic legacy and for his witty, feisty, supportive and generous character. 

Jack Thompson