Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke, the author of many highly-praised academic works on Western esotericism, has died at the age of 59. Hereward Tilton (University of Exeter) and Wouter Hanegraaff (President of ESSWE) say that “With his passing we have lost a wise and much-loved teacher, an incisive scholarly mind and a jovial and kind-hearted friend.”
Goodrick-Clarke was Professor of Western Esotericism and Director of the Exeter Centre for the Study of Esotericism (EXESESO), University of Exeter, Great Britain. According to his biography on the EXESESO website, his current research interests included patterns of globalization of esotericism; Theosophy and esoteric theories of spiritual evolution in the twentieth century; Hermeticism, pietism and alchemy in the Enlightenment era.
He was perhaps most widely known for his academic work on Nazi occultism, especially The Occult Roots of Nazism: The Ariosophists of Austria and Germany, 1890-1935, and t==for the rigorous academic standards he brought to the subject. Goodrick-Clarke was a pioneer in his field.