Ludovic Kennedy
  • Ludovic Kennedy

  • Date of birth: November 03, 1919
  • Died: October 18, 2009
  • Born: in Edinburgh, Scotland.

  • Description: Ludovic Henry Coverley Kennedy was a Scottish journalist, broadcaster, and author. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Strathclyde in 1985 and also held similar posts at the Universities of Edinburgh and Stirling. He was knighted in 1994 for services to journalism.

    He was a member of the crew of the British destroyer HMS Tartar that took part in the pursuit and destruction of the German battleship Bismarck in May of 1941. 'Sub-Lieutenant' (1942) told of his naval experiences and 'Pursuit' (1974) told of the sinking of the Bismarck.

    He undertook many campaigns on behalf of people who had been wrongly convicted of murder, including Derek Bentley and Timothy Evans and also wrote an account of the trial of Stephen Ward following the Profumo affair. He also wrote an account of the murders at Ten Rillington Place.

    He married actress Moira Shearer (1926-2006) on 25 February 1950 and the couple had four children.

    He died of pneumonia at Salisbury, Wiltshire on 18 October 2009.