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Biographical entry Lions, Francis (1901 - 1972)

30 November 1901
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
13 March 1972
Hornsby, New South Wales, Australia
Educator and Organic chemist


Francis Lions was a organic chemist who is known for working with Francis Dwyer while to devise organic compounds capable of bonding with a metal molecule at six separate sites. The research was groundbreaking because the molecules were highly stable. Lions was also a well regarded teacher and lecturer of chemistry. Having joined the staff of the University of Sydney as a lecturer and demonstrator in 1926, he was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1944 and Reader in 1946.



Award - University of Sydney Medal for Chemistry
Award - Awarded 1851 Exhibition Scholarship
Award - University of Sydney Medal for Organic Chemistry
Education - Bachelor of Science, University of Sydney
Education - PhD in Organic Chemistry, Victoria University, Manchester, England
1926 - c. 1944
Career position - Lecturer and Demonstrator in Chemistry, University of Sydney
1944 - 1946
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Chemistry
Career event - Elected President of the Royal Society of New South Wales
Award - Awarded the Medal of the Royal Society of New South Wales

Published resources


  • Hawkins, Jenny, Francis Lions: a memoir (Ainslie, A.C.T.: Jenny Hawkins, 2010), 139 pp. Details

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Journal Articles

  • Birch, Arthur J., 'Francis Lions, a Memoir and Contemporary Historical Assessment: Sydney University Chemistry, 1930s to 1960s', Historical Records of Australian Science, 20 (2) (2009), 163-190 . Details
  • Hawkins, Jenny and Goodwin, Harold A., 'Francis Lions: the Early Development of his Interest in Coordination Chemistry', Historical Records of Australian Science, 21 (2010), 181-9. Details
  • Rae, Ian D., 'Appointing a Professor: Reflections on Filling the Chair of Organic Chemistry at the University of Sydney in 1948', Historical Records of Australian Science, 18 (1) (2007), 19-42. Details


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