Former OSU professor struck, killed by lightning

CORVALLIS, Ore. -- A former Oregon State University professor was killed by a lightning bolt Saturday near his home in Scotland.

Dr. Tim Boyd died while walking his dog in Appin, Scotland.

The 54-year-old moved to Scotland in 2007 after working as an oceanographer at Oregon State University. 

According to the Scottish Association for Marine Sciences, Boyd was internationally known for his expertise in Arctic oceanography.

After moving to Scotland, Boyd established a SAMS program that worked on autonomous underwater vehicle technology.


The Scottish Association for Marine Sciences:

Tim Boyd pursued his research work with passion and integrity and was always willing to advise and support colleagues. He truly enjoyed his science and we will all miss our discussions with him. Tim was man of energy and generosity who will be deeply missed by friends and colleagues near and far.

Tim was also a talented lecturer who will be sorely missed by his students.

We all feel loss and hurt, and will always remember the contributions he made to oceanography, Arctic science and SAMS.