Richard Maling Barrer, the founding father of zeolite chemistry and a dominant figure in membrane science, died peacefully at his home in Chislehurst, Kent, on Thursday 12 September 1996 after a six year battle with cancer. The international zeolite community has lost its most important member.
Richard Barrer was born in Wellington, New Zealand, on the 16 June 1910. His father, Thomas Robert Barrer, was born in Ireland in 1863, while his mother, Nina Agatha Rosamond (nee Greensill), was born in Picton, New Zealand, in 1879. Richard Barrer was one of four children: Moyna Ethel, born 1906; Bryan Amherst, born 1908; R.M.B.; and Patrick Roberts, born 1914.