Italian novelist Umberto Eco dies at 84

Milan: Noted Italian novelist and philosopher Umberto Eco, best known for his novel ‘The Name of the Rose’, passed away at the age of 84.

According to reports, he passed away late Friday night at his home.

The Name of the Rose was made into a movie in 1989 starring noted Scottish actor Sean Connery in the lead.

Apart from novels, He also wrote children’s books, academic texts and essays.

Eco was the founder of the Department of Media Studies at the University of the Republic of San Marino, president of Graduate School for the Study of the Humanities, University of Bologna and Honorary fellow of Kellogg College, University of Oxford.

He was the Norton professor at the Harvard University from 1992-1993.

He was also a member of the Italian Committee for the Investigation of Claims of the Pseudoscience (CICAP).

At the time of his death, Eco was a professor emeritus at the University of Bologna, a position that he held since 2008.

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