Gunther Kress

Gunther Rolf Kress MBE (3 March 1940 – 20 June 2019) was an Australian semiotician who was Chair of Semiotics and Education in the Department of Culture, Communication and Media within the Institute of Education of University College London.

Kress in 2018 in Tartu


Kress was born in Nuremberg Germany and trained as a linguist in Australia [1] and London under MAK Halliday. He is mainly known for his contributions to the study of Multimodality; he wrote with Theo van Leeuwen Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design, one of the most influential books on the topic.[2]

Kress was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to scholarship.[3] On 30 January 2015, Kress received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Educational Sciences at Uppsala University, Sweden.[4]


  • Kress, Gunther R. (1997). Before Writing: Rethinking the Paths to Literacy. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-13804-3.
  • Kress, Gunther R. (2003). Literacy in the New Media Age. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-25356-X.
  • Kress, Gunther R.; Van Leeuwen, Theo (2006). Reading Images: The Grammar of Visual Design. New York: Routledge. ISBN 0-415-31915-3.

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  1. ^ Skyer, Michael E. (21 April 2016). "Gunther Kress: Multimodality, Communication, and Education Introduction and Context". p. 3. Retrieved 24 June 2019.
  2. ^ Bateman, John; Wildfeuer, Janina; Hiippala, Tuomo (2017). Multimodality : Foundations, Research and Analysis - A Problem-Oriented Introduction. Berlin: Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-11-047942-3.
  3. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 18.
  4. ^ "New honorary doctor at Faculty of Educational Sciences - Uppsala University, Sweden". Retrieved 2 February 2016.

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