Richard Gregory was a great man. I had the privilege to call him my friend and mentor. Today we celebrated his life with his self-styled FUNeral, where friends and colleagues came to Bristol to celebrate his life and intellectual legacy.
He was not as famous as Dawkins or Hawkings, but for those in the know, he was an intellectual giant who will forever be associated with the likes of Helmholtz and James as someone who addressed the big questions. I discovered today that my supervisor, Jan Atkinson was supervised by Stuart Anstis who was supervised by Richard Gregory who in turn was supervised by Bertrand Russell. That is the wonder and fulfillment of pursuing a scientific career.
I tweeted from his funeral today which seemed to raise an eyebrow or two as some thought it was inappropriate but knowing Richard as I did, and I met with him every week to just chew the fat, he would have thought that this was “Amazing” which was his catchphrase. He was the eternal child of a man who never grew up and loved life to the full. He did not regret dying, but regretted not finding out the answers to the questions that kept him so alive.
Here are my last pictures of Richard and Me.