Professor Pierre du Bois Print E-mail
The university and the Faculty of Arts mourns the sudden death of Pierre du Bois, a longtime associate professor in the Faculty of Arts of the University of Neuchâtel. For many years, Pierre du Bois taught contemporary history, from the Second World War onwards, to history and journalism students.

Professor at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva and the Diplomatische Akademie of Vienna, he gave his courses in Neuchâtel with the authority of a renowned specialist. He was one of those rare professors who enjoyed teaching and, in this area, he combined the gift of living with a very strong presence. A former radio journalist, he knew how to captivate an audience and his fellow journalists remember the masterful portraits he unravelled in front of them. His words, peppered with humour and stamped with a deep, human warmth, were heightened by the fact that he was highly cultivated: he was a passionate reader, discovering the most original aspects of western literature, and was, furthermore, an admirable connoisseur of the civilisations of Eastern Europe, particularly Romania, where his wife comes from. Such a background allowed him to put European construction and unification (of which he was a great specialist and which he believed in with every fibre of his being) in context, from a broad and qualified perspective, different from the Atlantic influence which had long bathed his history.

Death reached him in full creative momentum while he was preparing a book on the history of the Euro. It deprived us, neuchâtelois historians and political analysts, of a friend. We share the pain of Ina, his beloved wife

Philippe Marguerat
Professeur honoraire d’histoire
moderne et contemporaine, Neuchâtel
L'Impartial, 25 June 2007

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