Alexander Fleck, 1st Baron Fleck

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Alexander Fleck, 1st Baron Fleck
Born (1889-11-11)11 November 1889
Died 6 August 1968(1968-08-06) (aged 78)
Institutions Imperial Chemical Industries
Royal Institution
University of Glasgow
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Notable awards KBE
Fellow of the Royal Society (1955)[1]

Alexander Fleck, 1st Baron Fleck FRS[1] KBE (11 November 1889 – 6 August 1968) was a British industrial chemist.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Fleck born and educated in Glasgow. He attained a Doctor of Science degree from the University of Glasgow in the chemistry of radioactive substances. He was associated with the Beatson Oncology Centre where he studied the effects of radium on cancerous growths at the beginning of World War I.


Fleck was appointed to the board of ICI in 1944 and was its chairman from 1953 to 1960. He was also Chairman of Scottish Agricultural Industries, the Coal Board Organization Committee, the Scientific Advisory Council, and the Nuclear Safety Advisory Committee. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1955.[1] In 1960 he was invited to deliver the MacMillan Memorial Lecture[3] to the Institution of Engineers and Shipbuilders in Scotland. He chose the subject 'Interdependence of Engineering and Chemistry'. He was President of the Royal Institution in 1963. In 1961 he was elevated to the peerage as Baron Fleck, of Saltcoats in the County of Ayr.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Lord Fleck died in August 1968, aged 78, when the barony became extinct.


Peerage of the United Kingdom
New creation Baron Fleck