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Neil Kensington Adam
Born (1891-11-05)5 November 1891
Cambridge, England
Died 19 July 1973(1973-07-19) (aged 81)
Southampton, England
Alma mater Trinity College, Cambridge
Awards Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

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

Education[edit | edit source]

Adam was born in Cambridge, the first of three children of James Adam (1860–1907), a Classics don,[2] and his classicist wife Adela Marion (née Kensington) (1866–1944).[1] His sister Barbara was a noted sociologist and criminologist, while his brother Captain Arthur Innes Adam was killed in France on 16 September 1916.[3] 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).[4] He graduated BA in 1913, received his MA in 1919, and Sc.D in 1928.[1]

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.[1]

Adam was Sorby Research Fellow at the University of Sheffield from 1921 to 1929,[4] then a Research Associate (1930–1936) and Lecturer (1936–1937) at University College London.[5] He was Professor of Chemistry at the University of Southampton from 1937 until 1957.[4]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Adam was married to Winifred Wright;[1] they were active Christian Scientists.[6] Adam died, aged 81, in Southampton.[1]

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. 

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