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Department of Sociology

Professor Andrew Webster 1951-2021

It is with greatest sadness that the Department of Sociology shares the news that our wonderful friend Professor Andrew Webster died earlier this morning, 23 September 2021. He passed away peacefully in his sleep and was surrounded by his wife Helen and his two sons, Matt and Nick.

Andrew joined the University of York in 1999 bringing with him the Science and Technology Studies Unit (SATSU) which he founded in 1988. He worked tirelessly for the Department and the University becoming Head of Department 2004-2009 and then Dean of Social Sciences (2009-2013). He ‘retired’ in 2017 becoming Emeritus and continuing his boundless and generous contribution to the scholarly community, especially junior colleagues. Andrew’s door was always open. He will be very deeply missed.

The Department would like to express its deepest sympathies to Helen, Matt, Nick, the wider Webster family and all his very many friends. Andrew touched so many lives.

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