Jack Lewis, Baron Lewis of Newnham

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Jack Lewis
Born 13 February 1928
Died 17 July 2014(2014-07-17) (aged 86)
Nationality United Kingdom
Fields Chemistry
Institutions University of Sheffield
Imperial College London
University of Manchester
University College London
University of Cambridge
Alma mater University of London
University of Nottingham
Notable awards Davy Medal (1985)
Royal Medal (2004)

Jack Lewis, Baron Lewis of Newnham, FRS, HonFRSC (13 February 1928 – 17 July 2014) was an English chemist working mainly in the area of the transition elements.

Educated at Barrow Grammar School, he graduated in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of London, after which he moved to the University of Nottingham where he obtained his Ph.D. In 1953 he was appointed lecturer at the University of Sheffield before returning to London in 1956 as a lecturer at Imperial College London. He was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Manchester from 1961 to 1967, University College London from 1967 to 1970, and the University of Cambridge from 1970 to 1995. He was also the first Warden of Robinson College, the newest of the Cambridge colleges, from its foundation in 1977 until 2001.[1]

He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in Mar 1973 [2] and was awarded their Davy Medal in 1985,[3] and their Royal Medal in 2004.[4] He was also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.[5]

He was knighted in 1982[6] and created Baron Lewis of Newnham of Newnham in the County of Cambridgeshire on 8 February 1989.[7] He was a member of the House of Lords, where he sat as a cross bencher and was a member of a number of Select Committees on Science and Technology. He was also a member of the Advisory Council for the Campaign for Science and Engineering.[8] In 1995, he was awarded an Honorary Degree (Doctor of Science) by the University of Bath.[9]

In 1951 he married Elfreida Lamb. They have one son and one daughter.[1]


  1. ^ a b Black, A. Who's Who. London: A. & C. Black. 
  2. ^ "Fellows". The Royal Society. Retrieved 10 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "Davy archive winners 1989-1900". Royal Society. 
  4. ^ "Royal recent winners". Royal Society. 
  5. ^ "Deaths". RSC News (Royal Society of Chemistry): 23. October 2014. 
  6. ^ The London Gazette: no. 48939. p. 4588. 2 April 1982.
  7. ^ The London Gazette: no. 51643. p. 1851. 13 February 1989.
  8. ^ "Advisory Council of the Campaign for Science and Engineering". Retrieved 2011-02-11. 
  9. ^ "Honorary Graduates 1989 to present". bath.ac.uk. University of Bath. Retrieved 18 February 2012.