Henry Lipson

Physicist, Author

1910 – 1991


Who was Henry Lipson?

Henry Lipson CBE FRS was a British physicist. He was Professor of Physics, University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology, 1954–77, then Professor Emeritus.

He was born in Liverpool into a family of Polish Jewish immigrants. His father was a steelworker at the Shotton works in Flintshire. His mother was very insistent about the importance of education and ensured that he attended Hawarden grammar school where he won a scholarship and exhibition to study physics at Liverpool University. He graduated with First Class Honours in 1930 and stayed on to do research at Liverpool into crystal structures using x-ray diffraction which became his primary research interest. In this research he teamed up with Arnold Beevers and sought advice from Professor Lawrence Bragg, who had established a major crystallographic centre in Manchester. Whilst at Liverpool, and without significant funding Beevers and Lipson made most of their own equipment and invented an aid to calculation, Beevers–Lipson strips, which were widely used in the days before computers and which made their names well known within the field. In 1936 Bragg invited Lipson to move to Manchester, and he later followed Bragg in moves to Teddington and then, when Bragg became Cavendish professor in 1937, to Cambridge. In Teddington in 1937 he married Jenny Rosenthal

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Jan 23, 1910
Also known as
  • H. Lipson
  • United Kingdom
Apr 26, 1991

on July 23, 2013


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