Barry Gough

Barry Gough Scholarship for Marine Environmental History

Barry Gough Scholarship in History

Dr. Barry Gough, Ph.D., D.Lit., LLD, is a Canadian maritime and naval historian and a prolific writer. In 22 published books, and several hundred articles and reviews, he has worked to recast and reaffirm the imperial foundations of Canadian history. Active in national and international venues, Gough has made in the British Columbia context a number of monographic contributions to ethnohistory, cross-cultural relations, patterns of missionary acceptance among Northwest Coast peoples, frontier/borderland studies, and environmental history.

Gough attended Victoria High School and Victoria College, completing an undergraduate degree at the University of British Columbia. He completed his master’s studies at the University of Montana and PhD at King’s College London.

Initially on the teaching staff of Victoria High School in Victoria, BC, Gough became in turn lecturer, assistant and associate professor at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA, and Co-director of the Centre for Pacific Northwest Studies. From 1972 to 2004 at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ont., he was associate professor, professor and university research professor. Gough was also a founding director of Canadian Studies at Laurier, Assistant Dean of Arts from 2000-2003 and on retirement was appointed University Professor Emeritus.

Gough is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of King’s College London and Life Member of the Association of Canadian Studies. He has been awarded a Doctor of Letters for distinguished contributions to Imperial and Commonwealth history. In 2016, he was named Honorary President of the BC Historical Federation. A 1957 graduate of Victoria College (which preceded UVic), he received a UVic Distinguished Alumni Award in 2019. In 2021, Gough received an Honorary Doctor of Laws from UVic in recognition of his notable achievements. Gough has generously supported the creation of a number of scholarships at UVic.

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