Mr. Alfred Lucas, O.B.E.*


'BENCH-MARKS' established by Lucas are to be found in such various fields as the study of ancient and modern Egyptian materials and industries, the soils and waters of the Nile, the preservation and reconstruction of Tutankhamun's treasures, trials and courts-martial, and the route of the Exodus. He was a pioneer of modern science in Egypt, alert and precise, applying the severe discipline and manipulative skill of analytical chemistry with so deep a comprehension of essentials that he was neither dilettante nor don. Kindly to ignorance but merciless to fraud, he made even his smallest contributions into facts of historical importance for students of the many subjects which he illuminated. His encyclopædic local knowledge was conspicuously useful to England on the Scientific Advisory Committee to G.H.Q., M.E.F., especially during 1940-42, when Service supplies had often to be improvised locally. At the age of seventy-eight, while about to attend a commission on the state of the Theban tombs, he died in Luxor on December 10.

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BALLS, W., ENGELBACH, R., GRACIE, D. et al. Mr. Alfred Lucas, O.B.E.*. Nature 157, 433 (1946) doi:10.1038/157433a0

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