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Professor Frank Wright lectured in Politics at Queen's University Belfast from 1973 until his untimely death in February 1993, at which point he had just been seconded to the University of Limerick as their first Professor of Peace Studies. His work has been hugely influential. Northern Ireland: a comparative analysis, explored the Northern Ireland conflict through parallels with other societies divided along ethnic lines, while his important book Two lands, one soil, published posthumously in 1994, brought an important longer historical perspective to the Northern Ireland conflict. His work was marked by intellectual rigour and a deep empathy for the subjects of his research.