Sir Richard Luyt
|1st Governor General of Guyana|
26 May 1966 – 16 December 1966
|Prime Minister||Forbes Burnham|
|Preceded by||Office established|
|Succeeded by||David Rose|
|Born||8 November 1915|
Cape Town, Union of South Africa
|Died||12 February 1994 (aged 78)|
Cape Town, South Africa
Sir Richard Edmonds Luyt Governor of British Guiana in 1964-66. He installed Forbes Burnham of the People's National Congress (PNC) as premier of a coalition government with a small business-oriented conservative party in 1964; however, the People's Progressive Party (PPP) came first in the election. Deadly riots ensued when the PPP was not allowed to form the government. Upon independence in May 1966, Sir Richard was sworn in as Governor-General of Guyana, a position which he held until December the same year.(8 November 1915 – 12 February 1994) was the colonial
Having been born and educated in Cape Town, he returned there in 1967 as principal and vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town, a post which he held until 1980. Because of his actions in British Guiana, his appointment was initially opposed by the student body but he soon won them over. During this period, at the height of the apartheid years in South Africa, academic freedom was under threat and Sir Richard was in the forefront of South African vice-chancellors who fought to protect these freedoms. He also vigorously objected against banning orders and detention without trial of students and staff who protested against apartheid.
Sir Richard was an excellent cricketer and rugby player. He obtained a Rugby Blue at the University of Oxford where he was a Rhodes Scholar and played in three first-class cricket matches for Oxford University Cricket Club.
| Governor of British Guiana
|Office established|| Governor-General of Guyana
| Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cape Town
1968 – 1980
- "Player Profile: Dick Luyt". www.cricketarchive.com. Retrieved 22 March 2013.
- LUYT, Sir Richard (Edmonds), Who Was Who, A & C Black, 1920–2016 (online edition, Oxford University Press, 2014)
- "Sir Richard Luyt". The Times. London. 15 February 1994. p. 21.
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