A Scholar and a Gentleman

 This past weekend the European eLearning community was confronted with a very sad news. We have lost Erik Duval. A Professor at the Department of Computer Sciences at the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U.Leuven), in Belgium, he was one of the most brilliant scholars in our field today. His contribution to research on the topic of augmentation of the human intellect has been widely acknowledged across the academic community. In addition to this, he was also a most kind and generous human being. Borrowing the famous expression used by J.D. Salinger in The Catcher in the Rye, he was both a gentleman and a scholar, a real prince. We will all miss him deeply.



 Erik was a keynote speaker at the EDEN 2007 Annual Conference, held in Naples, and made a wonderful contribution to the EDEN Research Workshop, which took place in Leuven in 2012. You can see the slides of Erik’s speech in Naples on “The Snowflake Effect: open learning without barriers” here.

Although having lost Erik, we haven’t lost his important legacy and example, which will remain with us more vividly than ever.


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