|Neil Kensington Adam|
5 November 1891|
19 July 1973 (aged 81)|
|Alma mater||Trinity College, Cambridge|
|Awards||Fellow of the Royal Society|
Neil Kensington Adam FRS (5 November 1891 – 19 July 1973) was a British chemist.
Education[edit | edit source]
Adam was born in Cambridge, the first of three children of James Adam (1860–1907), a Classics don, and his classicist 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. His maternal uncle was Sir Alfred Kensington a Judge in the Chief Court of the Punjab.
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.
Career[edit | edit source]
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.
Personal life[edit | edit source]
Publications[edit | edit source]
- Adam, N. K. (1930). The Physics and Chemistry of Surfaces. London: Oxford University Press.
- Adam, N. K. (1956). Physical Chemistry. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
References[edit | edit source]
- Carrington, A.; Hills, G. J.; Webb, K. R. (1974). "Neil Kensington Adam 1891–1973". pp. 1–26. Digital object identifier: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. https://books.google.com/?id=jahfAAAAMAAJ&q=Neil+Kensington+Adam&dq=Neil+Kensington+Adam.
- "Casualty Details: Arthur Innes Adam". Commonwealth War Graves Commission. http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/294703/ADAM,%20ARTHUR%20INNES. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Neil K. Adam papers, 1925–1970". Horizon Information Portal. http://libserv.aip.org:81/ipac20/ipac.jsp?uri=full=3100001~!2306!0&profile=newcustom-icos. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- "Neil Kensington Adam (1891–1973)". University College London. http://www.chem.ucl.ac.uk/resources/history/people/adam.html. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
- Morris, Peter. "Chemist's Biographies". Queen Mary University of London. http://www.chem.qmul.ac.uk/rschg/biog.html. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
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- "Neil Kensington Adam (1891–1973), Professor of Chemistry". National Portrait Gallery. http://www.npg.org.uk/collections/search/person/mp77844/neil-kensington-adam. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
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