I learned, via an email from Rene Zandbergen today, that Voynich theorist Stephen Bax died a few days ago. It was only last month that he and Rene jointly formed the Voynich research presence at the Siloe press launch (he is on the left below, next to Rene):

I’m sure there are plenty whom he taught or that worked with him that have fond, positive memories: the obituaries will surely be safe in their hands. My thoughts – and I hope those of other Voynicheros – are with his family.

19 thoughts on “Professor Stephen Bax (1960 – 2017)

  1. Mark Knowles on December 11, 2017 at 10:37 pm said:

    Oh, that is really very sad. I have found that there are many very useful references that only exist on his website, so this is certainly a real loss to the Voynich research community.

    Thanks for this post, that is very decent of you!

  2. I rarely visited Mr. Bax’ s website. What I did find, early on, was his pride and joy in his infant son. Please give my sympathy to his family.

  3. Aziz Bounouara on December 12, 2017 at 12:44 pm said:

    Our sincere condolences. we are sad to hear he left us .
    RIP Mr Bax .

  4. Ellie Velinska on December 12, 2017 at 5:28 pm said:

    Sad to hear this. My condolences to his family.

  5. I did not know him in person, but it was always nice to discuss things with him even if we were not always of the same opinion. He was just three years older than me.

    My deepest sympathy to his relatives: I will miss him.

  6. Mark Knowles on December 13, 2017 at 12:09 pm said:

    Professor Bax looks to have assembled many interesting posts by others on his website, so even amongst those who have a different analysis of the Voynich I believe there is real value there. I hope we can ensure his efforts are kept alive by keeping his “stephenbax.net” website up in some form or another.

  7. It was very sad to hear this news. He was a nice man, and far too young to go. My condolences to his family.

  8. Sarah Higley on December 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm said:

    This is extremely sad news that has reached me a little late, but I want to chime in and express my condolences, too. His contributions to what we know about the Voynich manuscript, while controversial in some places, are still inspiring welcome discussion, and his death was premature. I am so sorry for his family and friends and fellow scholars.

  9. Bruce Bax on December 15, 2017 at 10:40 am said:

    I’m Stephen’s younger brother. Many thanks for these kind words to everybody which are definite solace at a difficult time for his family and friends.

  10. J.K. Petersen on December 15, 2017 at 11:21 am said:

    Bruce, I was very sad to hear of his untimely passing and know how painful it can be to lose a close family member. May time heal the pain and his memory be cherished in your hearts forever.

  11. Bruce Bax: thank you very much for leaving an email, my condolences to you and your family.

    When writing this post, I wasn’t able to find any obituary online, so I’d very much appreciate it if you would leave a link here if you become aware of one. Within the Voynich research community, we only saw one particular side of your brother, so we don’t generally have much of an awareness of the rest of his life and interests.

  12. Rene Zandbergen on December 15, 2017 at 12:00 pm said:

    Dear Bruce,

    I had already passed my condolences to Michael, but likewise I wish to share my feeling of shock and sadness with you.

    Rene Zandbergen

  13. bdid1dr on December 15, 2017 at 2:58 pm said:

    Years ago, while online, I came across a beautiful scene: a man working on his computer — with his child sitting on his lap…. bless him !
    Professor Bax will be long remembered. Please accept my condolences.
    B. Douglas

  14. David: thanks very much for digging that up, I’m sure there are many people here who will appreciate it.

  15. bdid1dr on December 15, 2017 at 9:52 pm said:

    @Nick : Thank you for the ‘heads-up’

  16. Charlotte Auer on December 16, 2017 at 9:38 pm said:

    Dear Bruce,

    my sincere condolences to you and your family.

  17. CLevesque on January 8, 2018 at 10:35 pm said:

    My deepest condolences to Professor Bax ‘s passing! I was hoping to meet with him to share some very valuable information. I would appreciate any other contact s he may have worked with during his research. I may be able to assist. Thank you, sincerely, C Levesque

  18. C Levesque: yes, there are those who mourn his loss to Voynich research. If you want to find them, I’d suggest going to the voynich.ninja online forum.

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