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John Edward Lennard-Jones

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Sir John Edward Lennard-Jones (c1894-1954), Principal of the University College of North Staffordshire

1954 Obituary [1]

WE note with regret the death of Sir John Edward Lennard-Jones, which occurred in hospital at Stoke-on-Trent last Monday, November1st, at the age of sixty. He became Principal of the University College of North Staffordshire last year.

Sir John was educated at Manchester University and at Trinity College, Cambridge, and obtained a D.Sc. degree at both universities.

In the first world war he served with the Royal Flying Corps, and from 1919 to 1922 was a lecturer in mathematics at Manchester University. Subsequently, Sir John became reader in mathematical physics in the University of Bristol, where, in 1925, he was appointed Professor of Theoretical Physics.

In 1930, he became Dean of the Faculty of Science at Bristol University, and two years later moved to Cambridge on being appointed Plummer Professor of Theoretical Science. Sir John remained there until he took up his appointment last year at the University College of North Staffordshire.

During the second world war there were many demands upon Sir John's scientific services. He was chief superintendent of armament research and director-general of scientific research (defence) in the Ministry of Supply, and in 1942 he was appointed to the advisory council of the D.S.I.R.

From 1947 until last year, Sir John served as chairman of the Ministry of Supply scientific advisory council.

Sir John was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society in 1933 and a year ago was awarded the Davy Medal by the Society. He was also a past-president of the Faraday Society. The honour of K.B.E. was conferred upon Sir John in 1946.

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