Dr Murray Lark has been in touch to inform the Society that Dr Barry Rawlins died on Friday 29th September two years after being diagnosed with cancer.
Barry led the Sustainable Soils team at the British Geological Survey. He will be known to many in the Society through his varied collaborations, his authorship of papers in the Society's journals and his time on the Council as Chair of the Midlands Soil Discussion Group.
Barry collaborated across the UK and Europe on several topics in soil science, and was particularly interested in national and regional scale soil inventory and monitoring. He worked hard, energetically engaging a wide set of collaborators, to exploit the potential of the BGS's various data sets as a source of soil information.
More recently he worked on soil properties at finer scales, developing approaches to the measurement of aggregate stability and investigating the distribution of soil organic carbon within the physical architecture of the soil. He will be missed for his energy and commitment to science, his passionate belief in an evidence-based approach to environmental problems and for his personal warmth and generosity.
A Service in Celebration of Barry’s life will take place at 14:30 on Sunday 15th October at St Luke’s Church in Nottingham, NG2 6GL. Barry's wife, Ruth, writes: “Dress code – not black suits, whatever you enjoy wearing and are comfy in (except sailing wetsuits and cycling lycra). All welcome, no restrictions.”