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Booker Prize Foundation saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Lisa Jardine CBE

Booker Prize Foundation saddened to hear of the passing of Professor Lisa Jardine CBE

Lisa Jardine: the writer, critic, broadcaster and Chair of the judges for the 2002 Man Booker Prize was a professor of renaissance studies at University College London and an honorary fellow of the Royal Society. Earlier this year she appeared on Desert Island Discs which can be heard here: (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05xcsms). Jardine was chair of the 2002 Man Booker Prize judges, whose panel also included David Baddiel, Russel Ceyln Jones, Salley Vickers and Erica Wagner. They selected Yann Martel’s Life of Pi, as their winner. Tributes have poured in on social media, with the historian Simon Schama writing on Twitter ‘Like many of you I am mourning the irreparable loss of Lisa Jardine, friend and inspiration for half a century. The world suddenly colder’ and artist Grayson Perry writing on Twitter: ‘Very sad to hear of the death of Prof Lisa Jardine, a brilliant and generous friend’.