John (Jones) Lennard-Jones KBE, FRS
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John Edward (Jones) Lennard-Jones KBE, FRS (1894 - 1954)

Sir John Edward Lennard-Jones KBE, FRS formerly Jones
Born in Leigh, Lancashire, Englandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 1925 in Cambridgemap
Died in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jul 2018
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John (Jones) Lennard-Jones KBE, FRS is Notable.

John Edward Jones was born 27 Oct 1894 in Leigh. He was the eldest child of Hugh Jones and Mary Ellen (Rigby) Jones.

By March 31st 1901, Hugh and Mary were living at 78 Twist Lane, Leigh. Hugh had his own shop selling household furnishings. They had three children - John Edward (6), Herbert (3) and Lily (1).

By April 2nd 1911, they were living in Common Lane Street, Westleigh. Mary's mother Margaret was living with them. They were still running a furniture shop, and had seven children.

John's father died 7 Aug 1914.

John married Kathleen M Lennard in 1925 in Cambridge, hence his double-barreled surname of Lennard-Jones. He had an illustrious academic career, and is regarded as the founder of modern computational chemistry.

John's mother died on April 5th 1939.

During the Second World War, John was Chief Superintendent of Armaments Research for the UK Government.

John died November 1st 1954, of cancer, in Stoke-on-Trent district. He was buried in St Andrew and St Mary's Churchyard in Grantchester, South Cambridgeshire.

Kathleen died in 1957.

Research Notes

Memorial Inscription:
  K.B.E., S.D.?, F.R.S.
  KEELE STAFFS 1953-1954
  KATHLEEN MARY 1893-1957
  Thy will be done


  • Burial Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed 17 July 2018), memorial page for Sir John Edward Lennard-Jones (27 Oct 1894–1 Nov 1954), Find A Grave: Memorial #48972206, citing St Andrew and St Mary Churchyard, Grantchester, South Cambridgeshire District, Cambridgeshire, England ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .
  • "England and Wales Census, 1901," database, FamilySearch ( : 8 April 2016), Mary E Jones in household of Hugh Jones, Leigh, Lancashire, England; from "1901 England, Scotland and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing Leigh subdistrict, PRO RG 13, The National Archives, Kew, Surrey.
  • "England and Wales Census, 1911," database, FamilySearch ( : 2 August 2017), Mary Ellen Jones in household of Hugh Jones, Leigh, Leigh, Lancashire, England; from "1911 England and Wales census," database and images, findmypast ( : n.d.); citing PRO RG 14, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
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