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Peter Whalley

Sadly, two months after retiring from KMi Dr Peter Whalley died on 8 January 2013 due to ill-health. He is greatly missed.

Peter joined the OU in 1976, initially working in the Institute of Educational Technology (IET). He joined the Knowledge Media Institute at its formation in 1995, where he was a 'creative visionary' in the new media team, and a stalwart of the lab.

Peter brought numerous new ideas to his research and to students of The Open University. He was deeply engaged in applying his ideas within schools, including a long-standing collaboration with the innovative staff and children of our local middle school, Heronsgate, where many of his prototypes and experiments saw their first ‘student click’. Towards the end of his career he was a strong evangelist and contributor to the OU’s flagship 'virtual microscope' work.