Best-selling author Sir Ken Robinson, died “peacefully” aged 70 from cancer yesterday. The number one TED Talk speaker was “surrounded by his family” at the devastating time.
The news was confirmed on his official Twitter page as they wrote: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce Sir Ken Robinson died peacefully yesterday, 21st August 2020, surrounded by family after a short battle with cancer.
“We will be following up with a further update as we begin to follow Sir Ken’s wishes and honour his legacy.”
The educationalist was born in Merseyside in 1950 and an Honorary Patron of Everton Free School and Sixth Form College.
He is well known for his TED talk lecture called: “Do Schools Kill Creativity”.
His talk has been viewed online over 60 million times.
One wrote: “Sir Ken’s first TED Talk, Do Schools Kill Creativity?, should be watched by every educator and parent, at least once.
“It influenced me greatly when it came out in 2006, and his message is every bit as relevant today as it was back then.”
Another fan replied: “So desperately sorry to hear this.
Liverpool John Moore’s University awarded the author an Honorary Fellowship in 2014.
For 12 years, Sir Ken, who is now a professor emeritus, was a professor of education at the University of Warwick.
Director magazine described Sir Ken’s book, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Wiley-Capstone), which was released in 2001 as “a truly mind-opening analysis of why we don’t get the best out of people at a time of punishing change”.
Actor John Cleese also remarked: “Ken Robinson writes brilliantly about the different ways in which creativity is undervalued and ignored in Western culture and especially in our educational systems.”