Hall of Fame to induct Barwood for his work

Lacey Alexander

Staff Writer

In addition to having a mineral he discovered be named in his honor, Henry Barwood, a late Troy geology and earth and space professor, will also be inducted into the Micromounters’ Hall of Fame on Oct. 14.

“The Micromounters’ Hall of Fame was established by the Baltimore Mineral Society in 1975 as a way to honor those who have supported and promoted this aspect of the mineral hobby to the highest degree,” said the society’s website. “Those selected have often written articles or a column for a notable mineral publication, founded a micromount symposium or club, given lectures, promoted and taught micromounting to others, built sizeable collections, discovered new minerals etc.”

“A Micromount is any single or group of crystals that requires some degree of magnification in order to view it properly and has been securely mounted in a box for protection,” the society’s website said.

A ceremony for the induction will be hosted by the Baltimore Mineral Society in Maryland.

According to Jane Barwood, secretary of Troy’s theater and dance department and Henry Barwood’s widow, she and her son plan to attend the ceremony.

Henry Barwood’s son, Adam Barwood, will conduct a presentation during the ceremony in regards to his father’s contributions to the field.

“My father had a profound curiosity for things that most people tend to overlook,” Adam Barwood said. “I am comforted knowing that, even though it was for only a short time, he was able to know that a mineral would be named for him and that, in some way, he will live on for as long as humans are around.”

Jane Barwood said that Henry Barwood and Adam Barwood shared excavation experiences together when Adam was younger.

“We have pictures of my son, when he was a toddler, going out with his dad and collecting,” said Jane Barwood.

“He learned all he knows about this stuff from his dad.”

During his time as a professor at Troy from 2002, until his death in 2016, his colleagues supported his research efforts. In addition to being a professor, Henry Barwood was also a clay mineralogist and surface chemist

“He was a true scholar who was, despite his busy teaching schedule, entirely consumed by research,” said Govind Menon, a professor of physics and chair of the department of chemistry and physics at Troy, who served as Henry Barwood’s mentor during his time at Troy.

“I am glad that he was awarded this well-deserved recognition.”

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