PROF. SAMUEL LEES held the Chance chair of mechanical engineering at the University of Birmingham from October 1, 1931, until his death on January 27 last. The son of Alderman S. H. Lees, of Salford, he was born in that town on August 26, 1885. He received his early engineering training at Ferranti, Ltd., of Hollinwood and Charles Churchill and Co., Ltd. (afterwards The Churchill Machine Tool Co. Ltd.), of Broadheath, Manchester. Whilst a student of the Manchester School of Technology he gained a Whitworth Exhibition in 1905 and a Whitworth Scholarship in 1906. At about this time he won a prize of £200, open to technical students generally of Great Britain, offered by Messrs. George Newnes, Ltd., in connexion with their periodical Technics.