January 17, 2020

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The latest newsletter from the Centre for Science Studies has been published. Please see: https://mailchi.mp/ed381b4e0427/css-newsletter-lent-term-2020 

 

January 17, 2020

Professor Lawrence (Larry) Busch 

Lancaster’s Centre for Science Studies, and the wider STS community, have lost a treasured colleague and friend in Professor Lawrence (Larry) Busch, who died peacefully amidst his family in Ann Arbor, Michigan on December 28, 2019, from the complications of a longstanding illness. 
Larry’s prolific writings covered a range of inter-related topics, from markets, food and agriculture, to higher education (Knowledge for Sale: The Neoliberal Takeover of Higher Education, MIT Press 2017) to infrastructures (Standards: Recipes for Reality, MIT Press 2013). As well as being University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Sociology at Michigan State University, Larry was a Visiting Professor at Lancaster’s Center for Social and Economic Aspects of Genomics (CESAGEN) from 2008-2010. 
During his stay in Lancaster, many of us had the opportunity to experience the tremendous generosity of Larry’s spirit as well as his intellect. A true polymath, full of insights across an astounding array of subject areas and deeply committed to social justice, Larry managed never to take himself too seriously.  
In recent years Larry’s writings became even more eclectic as, inspired by his grandkids, he published the Mite B. True book series for children. He bemoaned the fact that in his emeritus status he was unable to claim these publications for his annual review. 
Tributes from Larry’s colleagues and friends are currently being collected at https://www.frazerfunerals.com/. He was a living example of how to be both a brilliant scholar and also a funny, unpretentious, and kind man. His was a life well lived and full of love, and he will be missed.

Friends of Larry’s at Lancaster.
John Law, Adrian Mackenzie, Maureen McNeil, Maggie Mort, Celia Roberts, Lucy Suchman, Vicky Singleton, Brian Wynne, Claire Waterton and Katerina Psarikidou