|Authorised form of name||Lucas; Keith (1879 - 1916)|
|Dates||1879 - 1916|
|Dates and places||Birth: |
Greenwich, London, England (08 March 1879)
In the air over Salisbury Plain, near Aldershot, Hampshire (05 October 1916)
|Activity||Research Field: |
Physiology; Instrument designer
Reverend T Oldham's preparatory school at Blackheath, and Rugby; Minor Scholarship in classics to Trinity College, Cambridge (1898). Changed to natural science, first class in first part of tripos, trip to New Zealand, second part of Tripos, 1904. MA; Took his DSc in 1911.
Elected Fellow of Trinity College (1904), college lecturer in natural science (1906). Published 25 papers in the 'Journal of Physiology' (1904-14) on physico-chemical properties of nerves and muscles. At the same time he devised instruments of great ingenuity, elegance and precision.
Gave Croonian Lecture in 1912.
Became a Director of the Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company (1906-1914) then joined the Royal Aircrat Factory, desingning many instruments for teaching and research.
|Royal Society activity||Membership: |
|Relationships||Second son of Francis Robert Lucas, Managing Director of the Telegraph Construction and Maintenance Company of Greenwich (inventor of improvements in submarine cables and cable laying), and Katherine Mary, daughter of John Riddle, headmaster of Greenwich Hospital schools.|
married Alys, daughter of the Reverend Cyril Egerton Hubbard (1909). Three sons - Alan (b. 1910), David (1911-1997), and Bryan (1912-1996).
Bulloch's Roll; DNB; DSB
Proc Roy Soc Series A 1918-1919 vol 95 pp i-vii, plate, by Horace Darwin, and pp viii-xi by W M Bayliss
Proc Roy Soc Series B 1917-1919 vol 90 pp xxxi-xxxviii, plate, by Horace Darwin, and pp xxxviii-xlii by W M Bayliss
J K Bradley and E M Tansey, 'The Coming of the Electronic Age to the Cambridge Physiological Laboratory: E D Adrian's Valve Amplifier in 1921' in NR 1996 vol 50 pp 217-228
Keith-Lucas, Alys 'Keith LUCAS (recollections)' 1934, Cambridge.
|Royal Society code||NA7995|
Archives associated with this Fellow
|NLB/54/153||Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to R. A. Raven Esquire ||20 February 1917|
|RR/21/111||Referee's report by Keith Lucas, on a paper 'Man's mechanical efficiency in work performance and the cost of the movements involved (treated separately)' by John Smyth Macdonald||[June 1914]|
|NLB/46/81||Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Keith Lucas||7 June 1912|
|NLB/46/41||Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Keith Lucas||30 May 1912|
|NLB/55/700||Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society; to Mrs. K. Lucas, Streeters Rough, Chelwood Gate, Sussex||24 July 1918|
|RR/19/81||Referee's report by Francis Gotch, on the Croonian Lecture 'The process of excitation in nerve and muscle' by Keith Lucas||21 June 1912|
|RR/21/104||Referee's report by Keith Lucas, on a paper 'The excitatory process in the dog’s heart. Part I. —The auricles' by Thomas Lewis, John Meakins and Paul D White||[July 1914]|
|EC/1913/12||Lucas, Keith: certificate of election to the Royal Society|