Longstaff Prize 2010 Winner
University of Cambridge
Awarded for his remarkable contributions to inorganic chemistry and for his leadership on scientific issues facing the nation, in particular through the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution and the Select Committee on Science and Technology of the House of Lords.
About the Winner
Prof. Lewis obtained his Ph.D degree at the University of Nottingham under Prof. C.C. Addison in 1951. He was a lecturer in the departments of chemistry in the University of Sheffield, Imperial College, and University College London. He was appointed his first chair as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Manchester in 1961, and was subsequently appointed to chairs at University College London and the University of Cambridge.
He has held visiting professorships in a number of universities in the UK, Europe, and USA. He served on the Council of SERC from 1975 to 1979, and on the Council of the Royal Society (1982 to 1984 and 1996 to 1998), including serving as the Vice President between 1983 and 1984. He was the President of the Royal Society of Chemistry from 1986 and 1988, and the UK Representative on the NATO Science Committee from 1986 to 1998. Between 1986 and 1992 he served as Chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, and between 1993 and 1998 as President of the National Society of Clean Air and Environmental Protection. Since 2002 he has been Chairman of Veolia Environmental Trust. He is a member of the House of Lords Committee on Science & Technology and the House of Lords European Subcommittee C (Agriculture & Environment) (1993 to 1997, 1999 to 2002, and 2003 to present day).
He received the American Chemical Society Award for Inorganic Chemistry in 1970 and the ACS Award for Distinguished Services in the Advancement of Inorganic Chemistry in 1986. He was awarded the Davy Medal, the Royal Medal, and the Bakerian Lectureship of the Royal Society, the Gold Medal of the Apothecaries Society, the Paracelsus prize and Gold Medal of the Swiss Chemical Society, the August-Wilhelm-van Hofmann-Denkmunze Memorial Medal of the German Chemical Society, The Transition Metal Award, Sir Geoffrey Wilkinson Prize, and Nyholm Lectureship of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
He holds foreign membership of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, USA, the American Philosophical Society, the Academia Nazionale dei Lincei Italy, Polish Academy of Sciences, and Honorary Fellowships of the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Society of Chemical Industry, and the Royal Society of Chemistry.
He holds 23 honorary fellowships and degrees, is a Chevalier dans l'Order des Palmes Academiques and holder of the Commander Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland. He was aw arded a Knighthood in 1982 and created a Baron in 1989.