Mike Baillie Death – Mike Baillie, Professor Emeritus of Palaeoecology at Queen’s University of Belfast passed away after a long illness. He was announced dead through a social media publication by the QUB – Archaeology at Queen’s that read “We were deeply saddened by the news that ArcPal’s Professor Emeritus Professor Mike Baillie passed away yesterday after a long illness.” He was a long-standing member of the Ulster Archaeological Society.
Who was Mike Baillie?
In 1968, Michael G. L. Baillie began working for Queen’s Archaeology Department, where he was assigned to the annual tree-ring chronology project for oaks on the island. This developed into the Belfast-long oak chronology in the 1980s, which had a 7600-year chronology and was a crucial instrument for calibrating radiocarbon dating.
He had been a longtime supporter of the Ulster Archaeological Society (UAS) and had given numerous thought-provoking and enjoyable lectures throughout the years. In the discipline of dendrochronology, Mike was a trailblazer, having authored numerous publications such as Tree-Ring Dating and Archaeology (1982) and A Slice Through Time: Dendrochronology and Precision Dating (1995), in addition to numerous scientific articles.
About Mike Baillie
His later works, which included Exodus to Arthur: Catastrophic Encounters with Comets (1999), The Celtic Gods: Comets in Irish Mythology (2005; co-authored with Patrick McCafferty), and New Light on the Black Death: The Cosmic Connection (2006), delves into the world of catastrophes. He was an excellent teacher and science communicator.
Although Mike was a great scholar, he came off as very approachable and inspirational due to his laid-back and often irreverent demeanor. He was a great giver of time and never took himself too seriously. When Mike entered the room, the atmosphere brightened up, and one could always count on a diverse but interesting story that covered anything from the latest information on cosmic interactions with Earth to the glory days of Irish archaeology/palaeoecology in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s.
Mike Baillie’s obituary and funeral arrangements will be released by the family at a later date.
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