William Lewis (mineralogist)

William Lewis (mineralogist)

William James Lewis F.R.S. (10 January 1847 – 16 April 1926) was a Welsh mineralogist.


Lewis was born in Llanwyddelan, Montgomeryshire and educated at Llanrwst grammar school and Jesus College, Oxford, where he matriculated in 1865. He obtained first-class degrees in mathematics (1868) and in natural science (1869). After a short spell as a tutor at Cheltenham College (1870–71), he was elected a Fellow of Oriel College, Oxford – a position he retained until his death. He carried out some research at Cambridge University before holding a position at the British Museum from 1875 to 1877; he resigned on the grounds of ill-health. In 1879, he returned to Cambridge to lecture on mineralogy and became Professor of Mineralogy in 1881. His publications were few, but included the standard work "A Treatise on Crystallography" (1899). He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1909. [cite web|url=http://wbo.llgc.org.uk/en/s-LEWI-JAM-1847.html|title=Lewis, William James (1847–1926), mineralogist |last=Jenkins|first=Robert Thomas|work=Welsh Biography Online|publisher=National Library of Wales|accessdate=2008-07-22]


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