Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Obituary - John Logan Lewis, 1923-2012: News

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Obituary - John Logan Lewis, 1923-2012: News

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John Logan Lewis' incredible energy and enthusiasm, combined with great organisational ability, meant he was adept at bringing people together to get things done.

As a science teacher, examiner and curriculum expert, he was a member of national and international science organisations. He was awarded a medal for services to education for the Queen's Silver Jubilee and appointed OBE.

John Logan Lewis was born on 23 September 1923 in Reading, where his father worked for the biscuit firm Huntley and Palmers. His skill at mathematics meant he was awarded a scholarship to attend Malvern College.

The Second World War disrupted his education; staff and students at Malvern were evacuated on two occasions, first to Blenheim and later to Harrow, owing to the site being requisitioned for the war effort.

Despite this, Mr Lewis got a place at Pembroke College, Cambridge in 1942 to study maths and physics. As a student he became interested in astronomy and founded the Cambridge University Astronomical Society. Later in his career he became a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.

In 1944 he started working on tank armament research at the government experimental site in Porton Down, Wiltshire. Two years later he began teaching at Eastbourne College, before returning to Malvern College as a member of staff. Apart from a spell at Cambridge to finish his degree, Mr Lewis remained at Malvern for the rest of his career. In 1955, he was appointed head of the science department and in 1961 became housemaster. …

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