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It is with great sadness we report the sudden death of John Large who passed away on November 2 after a heart attack.

John was a highly knowledgeable and independent nuclear engineer who gave valuable help to UK environmental groups especially in the 1980s and 1990s, and international groups more recently.

John was instrumental in providing the technical backing to environmental groups who successfully campaigned for the closure of the San Onofre nuclear power station in California US, in 2013, for safety reasons, following the failure of its replacement steam generators.

John’s technical knowledge of the dangers of nuclear power stations was deep and wide as a brief perusal of his website will show.

As wished by John and his widow Jenny, his funeral will be private. Those wishing to send condolences may send them to CND and we shall forward them to John’s widow.

By Dr Ian Fairlie, CND council member