William H McNeill, the prize-winning scholar, passed away on 8 July 2016 in Connecticut, United States. He was 98.
McNeill was mostly renowned for his writings on Western civilization.
About William H McNeill
• William McNeill obtained a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Chicago in 1938. He obtained Master of Arts in 1939.
• He obtained his PhD at Cornell University in 1947. In the same year, he began teaching at the University of Chicago, which became his home throughout his professional career.
• His most popular work is The Rise of the West: A History of the Human Community. The book explored world history in terms of the effect of different old world civilizations on one another. The book had a major impact on historical theory.
• Rise of the West won the 1964 U.S. National Book Award in History and Biography.
• In 1976, he wrote Plagues and Peoples, an important early contribution to the impact of disease on human history.
• He was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Barack Obama on 25 February 2010.
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When: 8 July 2016