Year of Honorary Fellowship, 2012
Following a strong Interest in insects from early childhood, Peter Barnard did research at London’s Natural History Museum, working mainly on the taxonomy of Trichoptera; he also brought together the taxonomic expertise of the museum’s entomology department in the book Identifying British Insects and Arachnids: an annotated bibliography of key works (1999).
During the 1980s Peter was an editor of the RES Handbooks; he served on various RES committees and even compiled a series of entomological crossword puzzles for some early issues for Antenna!
He took early retirement from the NHM in 2007 to become the first Director of Science of the RES, when his main project was writing The Royal Entomological Society book of British insects (2011).
Although now retired, Peter still does editing work for various entomological journals; he maintains an active interest in the history of entomology and spends much time photographing insects in his adopted county of Dorset.