J. Desmond Clark
A few days ago we received the
sad news from the University of California, Berkeley that Emeritus
Professor John Desmond Clark, one of the Honourable President Founders
of HOMINID Human Origins Group (Parc CientÌfic de Barcelona,
Universitat de Barcelona), and one of the best archaeologists that
worked without rest in Africa, Asia, Oceania and Europe, had died.
Many of us, can not only speak of him as the scientist that inspired,
guided and supported our research and initiatives, but as a deep
friend who, throughout his several stays in Barcelona, together
with his faithful wife Betty, shared a kindness and gentlemanliness
that is sometimes difficult to recognize in the academic world today.
We will always remember him like that: as the last knight-errant
of Archaeology and Anthropology... with his magnifying glass hanging
around his neck ready to observe carefully all that surrounded him,
from a lithic tool found for himself in East Africa, to the completion
of the text. Even when his sight began to abandon him little by
little, he would read something of our papers and coment and criticize
sweetly for account that we improve ourselves.
Dear Desmond, thanks for all the
moments, from when we were only students and you treated us and
listened to us with the same attention that you did when we became
Professors, and we finally stepped foot on your dear African continent:
the origin of us all.
Jordi Serrallonga, Assitant professor
of the University of Barcelona, Director of HOMINID Human Origins
Group-Scientific Park of Barcelona (Spain), Victoria Medina, researcher,
and all the members of HOMINID Human Origins Group