Bernard Lewis (scientist)

Bernard Lewis (1899-1993) was a major figure in the field of combustion and a founding member of The Combustion Institute.[1]

Bernard Lewis
DiedMay 23, 1993(1993-05-23) (aged 93–94)
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Harvard University
University of Cambridge
Scientific career
InstitutionsU.S. Bureau of Mines


Lewis was born in London and immigrated to United States when he was a child. He was awarded a degree in Chemical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1923 and a master's degree from Harvard University in 1924. He received his PhD degree from University of Cambridge in 1926. He joined as a physical chemist at U.S. Bureau of Mines in 1929 and retired in 1953. He then started the Combustion and Explosives Research, Inc. and served as a President until 1986. The Combustion Institute awards a gold medal and a fellowship biennially in honor of Bernard Lewis.[2][3]


  • Bernard Lewis, Gunether von Elbe (1987). Combustion, Flames and Explosions of Gases. Academic Press. ISBN 978-0123958884.


  1. Calcote, H. F. (1994). Bernard lewis (1899–1993). Combustion and Flame, 98(1-2), 1-4.
  2. "Bernard Lewis Gold Medal - The Combustion Institute".
  3. "Bernard Lewis Fellowship - The Combustion Institute".
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