George Barron graduated from the University of Glasgow in Scotland with a B.Sc. degree in Botany and later with an M.Sc. in Plant Pathology (University of Toronto) and a Ph.D. in Mycology (Iowa State University).
From 1958 to 1993, Barron was on the faculty of the University of Guelph where he specialized in the taxonomy and biology of soil microfungi and published over 100 research papers, several chapters and two books on this topic.
Awards and Accomplishments
George's contributions to mycology have been recognized by his peers and he has received a number of awards over the years.
∑ Awarded a D.SC. from Glasgow University in 1984 for his contributions to soil mycology.
∑ Received the Sigma Xi "Excellence in Research" award from his colleagues at the University of Guelph in 1992.
∑ In 1993 his work was recognized by the Canadian Botanical Association with the "George Lawson Medal."
∑ On the occasion of its hundredth anniversary in 1996 the British Mycological Society elected a number of Centenary Fellows from around the world to recognize their mycological contributions, and Barron was honoured as one of this group.
∑ At the annual meeting of the Mycological Society of America in Puerto Rico in 1998, George Barron received the society's most prestigious award of "Distinguished Mycologist."
George Barron is devoting much of his time collecting and photographing the mushrooms and other macrofungi found in Canada and the northern United States.