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This site commemorates and celebrates Bob's life and achievements.  He was an author, naturalist, historian and communicator who became a champion of South Georgia and a legend in the process.

In time, the site will also include a partial archive highlighting some of his polar studies and research. It will have an abbreviated bibliography and some biographical background - plus a few memories from his friends. 

Anyone wanting to add a memory or suggest an item for this site -  or point out something that is wrong or missing - please get in touch with the webmaster team by using the Contact Form.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Bob Burton, South Georgia, 2009Bob Burton, South Georgia, 2009

Mike Payne, Peter Prince and Bob Burton, Bird Island, 1971-72Mike Payne, Peter Prince and Bob Burton, Bird Island, 1971-72

Bob on canal boat, 19??Bob on canal boat, 19??




“ …. a never ending source of fun and good humour.”


“ …. a wonderful communicator about the natural world.”


“South Georgia has lost a friend and never-ending source of knowledge and friendship.”


“ …. a kind and gentle man.”


“Bob was a great polar champion and a phenomenal lecturer – witty, bright, well-rehearsed with a wry sense of humour.”


“What a very fine man he was.”


“ …. always posing new questions – a true seeker after truth.”


“His work will continue to inspire and inform researchers and travellers in the future and is of great value to us all.”


“He will be remembered with fondness and gratitude for his enormous contribution to polar studies.”



There was a Commemoration and Celebration of Bob's life and Achievements held at the British Antarctric Survey in Cambridge on Saturday 9th April 2022.  The event was livestreamed and can be seen again by following the link (below), or by clicking the YouTube logo (right):