Neil Kensington Adam

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Neil Kensington Adam
Born (1891-11-06)6 November 1891
Died 19 July 1973(1973-07-19) (aged 81)
Institutions University of Sheffield
University College London
University of Southampton
University of Cambridge
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Notable awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Neil Kensington Adam FRS (6 November 1891 – 19 July 1973) was a British chemist.[1][2][3][4][5]


Adam was born in Cambridge, the son of a Classics don.[6] He studied chemistry at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he later became a fellow.


During the First World War, he served at the Royal Naval Airship Service at Kingsnorth, Kent.

He was Sorby Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield.

He was a Research Associate (1930–1936), and Lecturer (1936–1937) at University College London.[7]

He was a Chair at the University of Southampton.

He was married to Winifred Wright;[1] they were active Christian Scientists.[8] Adam died, aged 81, in Southampton.


  1. ^ a b c Carrington, A.; Hills, G. J.; Webb, K. R. (1974). "Neil Kensington Adam 1891-1973". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 20: 1–26. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1974.0001. JSTOR 769631. 
  2. ^ Adam, N. K. (1921). "Note on the Oxygen Consumption of Amphibian Muscle and Nerve". The Biochemical Journal. 15 (3): 358–362. doi:10.1042/bj0150358. PMC 1258989free to read. PMID 16742996. 
  3. ^ "Neil Kensington Adam (1891-1973), Professor of chemistry", National Portrait Gallery
  4. ^ The physics and chemistry of surfaces, Oxford University Press, 1952
  5. ^ Physical chemistry, Clarendon Press, 1956
  6. ^ The Owl of Minerva: the Cambridge praelections of 1906, Editor Christopher Stray, Cambridge Philological Society, 2005, ISBN 978-0-906014-27-1
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