Harry Burton has spent approximately three and a half years in Antarctica, comprising two winters (1974 and 1978) and five summers at Davis station, conducting research on Antarctic biology and geochemical limnology. He also spent three months as leader of a summer party on Heard Island in 1985. Much of his work has been conducted from remote field camps in difficult conditions.

His knowledge, enthusiasm and ability have been a constant stimulus to the other biologists who have been involved in the Davis lakes program and it is very largely due to his enterprise and effort that Australia’s Antarctic work in limnology is so well regarded throughout the world.