Memoir of Ernst Gombrich – guest post by Richard Gombrich

The life and character – but not the achievements – of my father, Ernst Gombrich. My father, Ernst Gombrich, was born in Vienna on 30 March 1909. His father, Karl Gombrich, was a lawyer; his mother, Leonie, née Hock, was a famous piano teacher. In socio-economic terms, it was a typical middle-class...

Interdisciplinary education in an established environment – emerging thoughts

I feel at risk once again of getting sucked into the discipline of interdisciplinarity, prompted this time by some excellent articles on such things published by colleagues of mine. But I resist. I want to stay as an outsider, to try to see things continually afresh. Of course the danger is that one ends up...

A personal heritage…in links

This blog gives my intellectual and academic heritage – and is a chance for me to practise making links in WordPress! Paternal Grandfather: E H Gombrich and also here, at the Gombrich archive. Maternal Grandfather: Carl J Friedrich Father: Richard Gombrich Maternal Uncle 1: Otto Friedrich Maternal...

EH Gombrich and interdisciplinarity

I’ve been thinking about my grandfather EH Gombrich recently, and what he would have made of this talk of interdisciplinarity and what we are doing on the Arts and Sciences BASc. I don’t think he would have liked the word much; perhaps he might even have gone along with the idea that the degree...