Obituary - Emeritus Professor Mike Barnes

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Emeritus Professor Mike Barnes.

Mike joined the University of Bath in September 1995 as Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the Civil Engineering group in the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, a post he retained until 2005.

Mike was a world leader in computational modelling (dynamic relaxation) for the analysis and design of fabric and cable net structures. His expertise led to the design of a number of important projects, including the Aviary at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, and the Millennium Dome in London.

Mike was an outstanding and passionate teacher. Under Mike’s leadership the fortunes of the civil engineering programmes at the University of Bath flourished, laying foundations for the Department’s continued success. He was also heavily involved in the Institution of Structural Engineers throughout his career. Following his formal retirement in 2008, Mike continued to be involved in the work of the department, especially in the final year (Basil Spence) design project.

Outside of work, Mike was a skilled and experienced sailor, and liked nothing more than spending holidays in the Scilly Isles enjoying time there with his wife Jan, family and friends.

Mike died on 6th February at the age of 75. His funeral is on 21st February 2018. If you are interested in attending please contact Claire Hogg (e:; t: 01225 385394) for further details.

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