Dr. Heywood R. Floyd was born in 1958. He was the former chairman for the National Council of Astronautics, and later the Chancellor at the University of Hawaii. Floyd had two daughters with his wife, Marion, who died in an air crash in 1989. He later married a woman named Caroline, with whom he had one son, Chris.

2001: A Space Odyssey Edit

Dr. Floyd's official occupation in 1999 was a scientific specialist, meaning he knew "nothing about absolutely everything".

Dr. Floyd was called up to Clavius Base on the moon to investigate a large, black, crystalline monolith, dubbed TMA-1 (Tycho Magnetic Anomaly One). Heywood was present at the time the Tycho monolith gave off the powerful radio emission when it had been exposed to the first sunlight in 3 million years. Dr. Floyd later authorized the Discovery One mission to Jupiter.

In this film, Floyd was portrayed by William Sylvester.[2]

2010: Odyssey Two Edit

After the incident with HAL 9000 on board Discovery, Floyd was labeled a scapegoat, and resigned from the NCA. He moved to Hawaii, where he became the chancellor at the University of Hawaii. He married Caroline, and together they had a son, Chris Floyd, who was born in 2005.

Heywood Floyd was selected to fly on the joint Soviet-American spaceship, Leonov to find out what happened to Discovery. He went with Walter Curnow, one of the head designers for Discovery, and Dr. Chandra, HAL's creator. All three of the American crew were put into hibernation on the first and last phase of the flight, though Floyd was awakened ahead of schedule.

Soon after Discovery and Hal had been reactivated, Dr. Floyd was watching over the ships systems at night, when the Star Child, formerly Dave Bowman, sent a message, via the HAL 9000 computer to Heywood. The message was that the Leonov must leave within 15 days (2 in the film). When Floyd asked who was sending the message, the reply was: "I was David Bowman."


Heywood Floyd on board the Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov.

Floyd quite simply could not believe this. Dave replied: "I understand. It is important that you believe me. Look behind you."

Dr. Floyd turned around. The dust particles floating randomly around the room began to move in not so random patterns. They arranged themselves into a sphere, which later grew into the shape of a man. A face emerged, which was unmistakably the face of David Bowman. The apparition repeated the message, and then the conglomeration of dust particles resumed their random drift about the pod bay in Discovery.

Floyd tells this experience to the rest of the crew, insisting that they leave within this mysterious deadline. Naturally, they object, saying that they have no real reason to leave in such short notice, other than the visitation by Bowman, which could easily be explained that Floyd was simply dreaming or hallucinating.

Walter Curnow came up with the idea to link Discovery to Leonov, using Discovery as a booster stage to get them in the proper return trajectory.

Soon after Leonov had made it out of Jovian orbit, Jupiter detonated, due to the actions of a cloud of monoliths, and transformed into a mini-sun, officially dubbed "Lucifer".

Floyd's marriage to Caroline eventually dissolved, due to their extended separation as a result of the Leonov Mission.

In the 2010 film, Floyd was played by Roy Scheider.[3]

2061: Odyssey Three Edit

After an accident involving falling off a second-story balcony, Heywood Floyd was shipped up to the Pasteur orbital hospital. By the time his body had healed, it had become accustomed to the one-sixth gravity environment of the station; becoming readjusted to Earth gravity would be nearly impossible, and became a permanent resident of Pasteur.

Floyd spent nearly 50 years in Pasteur, up until 2061, at the age of 103, though he appeared much younger, due to the low gravity, and because his aging had been halted during his time in chryogenic hibernation on the Leonov.

His son, Chris, also had a son, Chris II, before being killed in the "Copernicus Disaster".

Floyd was one of six celebrities brought aboard the Tsung Spacelines ship Universe for its historic landing on Comet Halley, and became one of the first people to walk on the comet's surface. It was also jokingly rumored that he was having an affair with former famous actress Yva Merlin. When news was heard that Universe's sister ship Galaxy, of which Chris Floyd II was a crew member, had crash-landed on Europa, Floyd found himself on a rescue mission to save Galaxy.

He helped convince the crew of attempting Second Officer Jolson's plan of taking water fuel from a geyser on Halley's Comet called "Old Faithful" rather than returning to the Moon first. That plan turned out to be successful.

At Yva Merlin's suggestion, Floyd called David Bowman on the radio asking for permission to land on Europa. That night he woke up to find a tiny version of the monolith floating inside his quarters. At that point, Heywood Floyd was split into two people: one was a human the same as he always was, and the other was an immortal being like David Bowman and HAL. On Europa the immortal Floyd appeared to his grandson Chris, making him think that Floyd was dead and he'd seen his ghost. Chris soon discovered that Floyd was not dead when they were reunited, and they became closer following these events. It is not known what became of Floyd, but due to his age it is fair to assume that he died some time after.

Meanwhile, on Europa, the immortal Floyd became acquainted with Bowman and HAL. It was revealed that they "recruited" him to help them develop the Europans to further intelligence within the life-span of Lucifer. Despite this, Floyd does not feature in any form in 3001: The Final Odyssey.




  1. Kubrick and Clarke’s 2001 screenplay,pp.13-17
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey on IMDB
  3. 2010: Odyssey Two on IMDB