Umberto Eco (1932-2016)
Friday, February 19th, 2016
Author Umberto Eco has died at age 84.
Italian novelist and literary critic Umberto Eco died yesterday, February 19th; he was 84. Eco was born in northern Italy in 1932 and received a Roman Catholic education, both as a child and in college, though he later left the church. His studies in literature and philosophy led him to become a university professor and an esteemed critic. From 2008-2016, he lectured at the University of Bologna, which is the oldest university still open in the world. Eco received several honorary doctorates for his work in linguistics and semiotics. He is best known for his books on the philosophy of language and his novels, including The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum. His book Numero Zero was published in 2015.