I was shocked and saddened to hear that Mike Redmayne, professor of law at the LSE, has died at the age of just 47. Although I only met him on a few occasions, his work on the role of Bayes in the law and expert evidence generally had a profound impact on my research in the area. Mike always provided carefully considered responses to the many questions I posed him, and he made many excellent recommendations about papers we worked on. When we recently planned for next year's 6-month Workshop on Probability and Statistics in Forensic Science (at the Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematical Sciences for Mathematical Sciences at Cambridge) Mike was one of the small number of people we invited for the whole 6-month period. I share the following sentiments from LSE (my own old 'school'):
Colleagues and students knew that when Mike was free his door was open, and that anyone who knocked on it would be invited in. Over the past year, that door has been open ever less frequently. It has been immensely saddening to see it constantly closed of late, and to think that we will never be able to call on him again. The Department mourns the loss of a magnificent and highly cherished member of its community, and extends its deepest condolences to Mike’s wife, Louise.