Lewis Leigh Fermor

Lewis Leigh Fermor

Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor OBE (London, England, 1880 - Horsell, Woking, Surrey, England, 1954) was an English geologist and the first president of the Indian National Science Academy. His son is the writer and traveller, Patrick Leigh Fermor.

He was educated at Wilson's Grammar School in Camberwell and studied metallurgy at the Royal School of Mines.

Lewis Leigh Fermor was one of the founders of geology in India. His major interest was in Archaean geology, and in igneous and metamorphic rocks.

In 1921 he was awarded the Bigsby Medal of the Geological Society of London. He was president of the 20th session of the Indian Science Congress in 1933. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1934, and he was knighted by the Government of India in 1935.

The mineral Fermorite is named for him. [ [http://www.mindat.org/min-1482.html Fermorite: Fermorite mineral information and data ] ]


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* [http://www.ias.ac.in/j_archive/currsci/23/9/285-286/viewpage.html Obituary of Sir Lewis Leigh Fermor] from the Proceedings of the Indian Academy of Sciences, Vol.23 (Sept. 1954), p.285-286.

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