William H. McNeil, the National Book Award winning historian and professor, who expanded the view of world history, passed away on Friday. He was 98 years old.
Professor McNeil taught history at the University of Chicago, for four decades, where he served as chairman of the history department. He graduated there in 1938.
He is the author of more than 20 books, including THE RISE OF THE WEST, a National Book Award winner in history, as well as PLAGUES AND PEOPLE, a book with a fresh viewpoint of world history, through the culture of diseases.
His full obituary ran in The New York Times.