Lewis, Wilfrid Bennett, 1908-1987

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Birth 1908-06-24
Death 1987-01-10

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Wilfrid Bennett Lewis (1908-1987), physicist, attended Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, 1927-1930, and wrote his Ph.D. on the analysis of alpha-particle groups, 1934. He carried out research in radioactivity at the Cavendish Laboratory, Cambridge, 1934-1939, and became a Fellow of Gonville and Caius, 1934; University Demonstrator in Physics, 1935; and University Lecturer, 1937. He was Senior Scientific Officer at the Air Ministry Establishment (later Telecommunications Research Establishment), 1939; Principal Scientific Officer, 1940; Superintendent, 1943; and Chief Superintendent, 1945. He was made a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1945, and received a C.B.E. in 1946. Lewis became Director of the Division of Atomic Energy of the National Research Council of Canada, 1946; Vice-President of Research and Development of Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd, 1952; and Senior Vice-President, 1963-1973. He was made a Fellow of Royal Society of Canada in 1952, and became Professor of Science at Queen's University, Ontario, in 1973.

From the guide to the Wilfrid Bennett Lewis: Undergraduate Lecture Notebooks, 1926-1931, (Cambridge University Library, Department of Manuscripts and University Archives)

Gonville and Caius College, Cambraidge, BA (Hons), 1930; research on radioactivity at the Cavendish Laboratory; Ph.D. for work on the analysis of alpha-particle groups, 1934; Research Fellow of gonville and Caius College, 1934, University Demonstrator in Physics, 1935, University Lecturer, 1937; Senior Scientific Officer with Air Ministry Establishment (later the Telecommunications Research Establishment (TRE), Malvern), 1939; on the outbreak of war, Lewis began radar work; Chief Superintendent, 1945; Director, Division of Atomic Energy of the National Research Council of Canada, 1946; Vice-President of Research and Development of Atomic Energy of Canada Limited in 1952; and Senior Vice-President, 1963; on retirement took up a chair as Distinguished Professor of Science at Queen's University, Ontario, Canada, 1973.

From the description of Papers. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 84584749

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  • Electricity
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  • Mechanics
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