Neil Kensington Adam
|Neil Kensington Adam|
5 November 1891|
|Died||19 July 1973
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Awards||Fellow of the Royal Society|
|Institutions||University of Sheffield
University College London
University of Southampton
University of Cambridge
Adam was born in Cambridge, the first of three children of James Adam (1860–1907), a Classics don, and his wife Adela Marion (née Kensington) (1866–1944). His sister Barbara was a noted sociologist and criminologist, while his brother Captain Arthur Innes Adam was killed in France on 16 September 1916.
Adam was educated at Winchester College, and then studied chemistry at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he later became a fellow (1915–1923). He graduated BA in 1913, received his MA in 1919, and Sc.D in 1928.
During the First World War, he served at the Royal Naval Air Service airship station at Kingsnorth, Kent, working on problems associated with rubber-proofing fabric for airships, and other chemical problems.
Adam was Sorby Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield from 1921 to 1929, then a Research Associate (1930–1936) and Lecturer (1936–1937) at University College London. He was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southampton from 1937 until 1957.
- Adam, N. K. (1930). The Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces. London: Oxford University Press.
- Adam, N. K. (1956). Physical Chemistry. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
- Carrington, A.; Hills, G. J.; Webb, K. R. (1974). "Neil Kensington Adam 1891–1973" (PDF). Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 20: 1–26. doi:10.1098/rsbm.1974.0001. JSTOR 769631.
- Stray, Christopher, ed. (2005). The Owl of Minerva: the Cambridge praelections of 1906: reassessments of Richard Jebb, James Adam, Walter Headlam, Henry Jackson, William Ridgeway and Arthur Verrall. Cambridge Philological Society. ISBN 978-0-906014-27-1.
- "Casualty Details: Arthur Innes Adam". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Neil K. Adam papers, 1925–1970". Horizon Information Portal. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Neil Kensington Adam (1891–1973)". University College London. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- Morris, Peter. "Chemist's Biographies". Queen Mary University of London. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Neil Kensington Adam (1891–1973), Professor of Chemistry". National Portrait Gallery. Retrieved 27 March 2017.