Gough, Barry

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Barry Morton Gough (1938 - ) is a maritime and naval historian, and professor emeritus at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. Born in Victoria, British Columbia, Gough received his undergraduate education in History, English, and Education at the University of Victoria and the University of British Columbia, graduating with a B.Ed. in 1962. After teaching high school for three years, Gough earned his MA in History at the University of Montana in 1966 and his Ph.D in History at Kings College, University of London in 1969. In 1968, Gough accepted a history teaching position at Western Washington University and was awarded tenure in 1971. He helped to found the university`s Canadian Studies Program and Canadian-American Centre and was the co-director and archivist of the Pacific Northwest Studies Centre. Gough came to Wilfrid Laurier University in 1972 as an Associate Professor in History, reaching Full Professorship in 1978. He was also the founder of the university`s Canadian Studies program, serving as its director (1973-1979) and coordinator (1993-1996). He was also the Assistant Dean of Arts and Science; Student Affairs (1999-2001). Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Gough acted as Visiting Professor and Fellow in History and Canadian Studies at many institutions, including the University of Victoria, University of Waterloo, Duke University, University of Maine, University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, University of Otago, Cambridge University, University of London, University of Natal, Australian National University, National University of Singapore, King's College University of London, and the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge. Gough was also a Lecturer at the Canadians Forces College and Adjunct Senior Professor of History and War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada (1993-1998).

Gough served as the Editor-in-Chief of ALBION: A Quarterly Journal of British Studies (1973-1979) and The America Neptune: A Quarterly Journal of Maritime History & Arts (1995-2002), and was a founding member of the WLU Press Committee (1975-1980, 1985-1989). He was Chairman/President of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (K-W Branch) (1979-1980, 2001-2002), the Canadian Historical Association-American Historical Association Joint Committee (1974-1975), the Ontario Historical Society (1988), the Canadian Nautical Research Society (1987-1989), Kitchener`s Rotary Club (1997-1998), the Organization for the History of Canada (2003-2005), Clio Research Associates Ltd., the North American Society for oceanic History, the British Columbia Historical Federation, and was a historical consultant for the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council.

He has received the Lieutenant-Governor of British Columbia Medal (1984), the Canadian Historical Society’s Clio Award, the S.S. Beaver Medal for Maritime Excellence (2014), the Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni Hoffmann-Little Award for Outstanding Teaching, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, as well as the Washington State Historical Society's Robert Gray Medal (2015). Gough was elected Fellow of the Royal Historical Society in 1981 and at King’s College London in 1999. He is an Archives Fellow at Churchill College Cambridge and is a Life Member of the Association of Canadian Studies and the Champlain Society. In 1991 the University of London awarded him Doctor of Literature for contributions to Imperial and Commonwealth History, and In 1999 he was elected Fellow of King's College London. In 2011 the Royal Military College of Canada awarded him a Doctor of Laws.

Gough is the author of several books, including The Royal Navy and the Northwest Coast of North America, 1810-1914; A Study of British Maritime Ascendancy (1971), To the Pacific and Artic with Beechey: Lieutenant George Peard’s journal of the Voyage of H.M.S. Blosson, 1825-8 (1973), Canada (1975), Distant Dominion: Britain and the Northeast Coast of North America, 1579-1809 (1980), Gunboat Frontier: British Maritime Authority and Northwest Coast Indians, 1846-1890 (1984), The Northwest Coast: British Navigation, Trade, and Discoveries to 1812 (1992), The Falkland Islands/Malvians: The Contest for Empire in the South Atlantic (1992), First Across the Continent: Sir Alexander Mackenzie (1997), Historical Dictionary of Canada (1999), HMCS Haida: Battle Ensign Flying (2001), Fighting Sail on Lake Huron and Georgian Bay: The War of 1812 and its Aftermath (2002), Britain, Canada and the North Pacific: Maritime Enterprise and Dominion, 1778-1914 (2004), Fortune’s a River: The Collision of Empires in Northwest America (2007), which won the John Lyman Book Award for best Canadian naval and maritime history, Historical Dreadnoughts: Arthur Marder, Stephen Roskill and Battles for Naval History (2010), Pax Britannica: Ruling the Waves and Keeping the Peace before Armageddon (2014), which won the Maritime Media Awards’ Mountbatten Award for Best Literary Contribution, Britannia's Navy on the West Coast of North America, 1812-1914 (2016), and Churchill and Fisher: Titans at the Admiralty (2017).


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