Barry Bolton stands astride the myrmecological world like a colossus. In the last thirty years he has done more to document and describe the diversity of the world’s ant fauna than any other ant systematist. Our modern understanding of ant subfamilies and genera is founded on his masterly Synopsis of the Formicidae, published in 2003. As if this wasn't enough, his Catalogue of the Formicidae (1995, 2007) provided ants with a modern catalog that makes up-to-date taxonomic information readily available, saving myrmecologists from endless errors and uncounted hours of labor. Even in retirement, new studies and revisions continue to flow from Barry’s pen like music from the mind of Mozart. Barry continues to act as a mentor, friend, and inspiration to a whole new generation of ant systematists. For these and many other reasons we are proud to present our friend and esteemed colleague Barry Bolton with the Distinguished Service to Myrmecology Award.