Royal Society Publishing

Thomas Richard Edmund Southwood. 20 June 1931 — 26 October 2005

Robert M. May, Michael P. Hassell


Sir Richard Southwood—Dick Southwood to his many friends—was one of the twentieth century's most eminent and influential zoologists and ecologists. His own research, beginning with boyhood interests in observing and collecting insects, matured into major contributions to understanding the structure and function of plant–insect communities. He has left an even more important legacy through his superb skills as mentor, builder of academic departments and institutions, and wise counsellor to Governments in areas where scienceand policy intersect.