27 January 2021 BAS News stories Former Director of BAS, Dr. Barry Heywood

British Antarctic Survey is deeply saddened to report that former Director, Dr. Barry Heywood passed away unexpectedly but peacefully at home on Monday 25 January.  He was 83.


Barry had a long and successful career at BAS.  He joined the Falkland Island Dependencies Survey as a biologist in 1961, wintered at Signy from 1962-63, and from 1978-1986 was Chief Scientist for the Offshore Biological Programme working onboard the RRS John Biscoe.


As a senior leader, he held positions of Head of the Marine Life Sciences Division, Deputy Director (1988-94), and Director from 1994-97.  His service was recognized with the awards of Polar Medal in 1967 and Clasp in 1986.


More recently he represented the BAS Club on committees such as the Fuchs Medal Committee and continued to be interested in BAS activities.


Our condolences go to his wife Jo and their daughters Lisa and Ellie.