Matti Rissanen, Professor Emeritus of English Philology at the University of Helsinki, died on 24 January 2018 at the age of 80.
Matti was a pioneer in English historical corpus linguistics - and he was known by many as the "father" of the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts (published in 1991). In 1996, he became Chair of the Board of ICAME, the organisation that changed its name to "International Archive of Modern *and Medieval* English" (keeping its original acronym) in recognition of the thriving historical corpus work that was so much driven by Matti's inspiration. After leaving the Board in 2004, Matti was made "honorary life member" of ICAME. He retired in 2001, but continued to do research, and to advise students and colleagues. Everybody who has had the pleasure of meeting Matti in person will no doubt remember him as a genuinely supportive, good-humoured and warm-hearted colleague and friend - he will be sorely missed.
An obituary can be found on the Varieng website of Helsinki University: https://www.helsinki.fi/en/news/language-culture/in-memoriam-matti-rissanen, which also links to a blog entry where memories and recollections can be shared by those who wish to pay tribute to Matti.
Sebastian Hoffmann (Chair of the ICAME Board)
--------------------------------------- Prof. Dr. Sebastian Hoffmann
FB II Anglistik Universität Trier D-54286 Trier
Zimmer B 344
Tel: +49 +651 201-2287 (-2270 Sekretariat) Fax: +49 +651 201-3946
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