Noted historian and former head of the History Department of Kerala University, A. Sreedhara Menon, died here on Friday. He was 84.

Prof.Menon had been ailing for quite some time. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

An acclaimed teacher and an authority in political history of the State, Prof. Menon was known for his simple style of writing. His books helped even the uninitated to gain a fair knowledge of history. He had served as a teacher for nearly five decades and authored about 25 books.

He did extensive research and studies on modern Kerala and A survey on Kerala History is one his noted works. Triumph and tragedy in Travancore and a series on the freedom movement in the State are also his widely discussed works.

Prof. Menon’s body has been kept at his residence at Kowdiyar in the capital. Cremation is expected to take place on Sunday morning. People from different walks of life paid homage to the veteran historian.