Quiz master, educationist Neil O'Brien passes away
Saturday 25th of June 2016
Neil O'Brien, credited for pioneering quizzing in the country passed away in the city on Friday, 24th June, 2016. He was 82.
Neil O'Brien, former MP of the Lok Sabha and erstwhile member of West Bengal Assembly is survived by his wife and three sons.
“Extremely saddened to hear about the passing away of the very talented Neil O'Brien. He will be missed by lakhs of quiz fans across India,” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in a tweet.
One of the first quiz masters Neil O'Brien had conducted the first well-organised, formal quiz in 1967 at Christ the King Church Parish Hall in the city. He served as the chairman of CISCE, an all India examination body, which conducts the ICSE and ISC Examinations from December 1993 till July 2011. Mr. O'Brien also held the post of chairman of Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations ( CISCE).
“His wide ranging interest in education played a role in the development of schools affiliated to the Council and helped in the expansion of education in our country,“Gerry Arathoon, Chief Executive and Secretary of CISCE, said in a statement.
About Neil O’Brien
- He was one of the first quiz masters in India and had conducted the first well-organised, formal quiz in 1967 at Christ the King Church Parish Hall in the city.
- He was the president-in-chief of All-India Anglo-Indian Association (AIAIA) and also had headed the Frank Anthony group of schools. He also was thrice nominated Anglo-Indian MLA in West Bengal assembly.
- As an educationist, he had served as the chairman of the Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) from 1993 to 2011 and also as managing director of Oxford University Press, India.