Alfred Lucas

Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Alfred Lucas was born in Chorlton-upon Medlock, Manchester, England back in 1867 to Joshua and Sarah.  He studied chemistry in London at the Royal School of Mines and the Royal College of Science.  After graduation, he worked for eight years as an assistant chemist at the Government Laboratory in London.

In 1897, he was diagnosed with tuberculosis moving to Egypt a year later where he made a complete recovery.  She served as a chemist with the Egyptian civil service for the rest of his career.  In 1923, he planned to retire however he accepted the position of Consulting Chemist to the Antiquities Service and later of honorary consulting chemist, which he held until his death in 1945, he was 78.

What you may not know about Alfred is that he is best known for being part of Howard Carter’s team at the excavation of Tutankhamun’s tomb, analyzing and conserving many of the finds, but he was also a pioneer in the wider fields of artifact preservation and forensic science.

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Comments (17)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - what a fascinating life he lived.  

Aug 01, 2021 02:30 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH

I agree with Michael. It must have been so satisfying to not only participate in finding King Tut's tomb but contributing to the discovery with his forensic skill.

Aug 01, 2021 03:18 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

And survived the curse of opening the tomb!

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Aug 01, 2021 05:06 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story. Have an outstanding week.

Aug 01, 2021 05:19 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

I love hearing about someone fully recovering from a deadly illness and it is cool that a change of scenery can help with that.

Aug 01, 2021 05:38 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, James... well I knew about the excavation of Tutankhaman's tomb, but not about who was involved... and thanks to you now I do.

Aug 01, 2021 05:46 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. The nice thing about following Michael Jacobs is all I have to do is agree. Enjoy your day.

Aug 01, 2021 06:00 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Now we need to work Mr Lucus into the King Tut joke.  Bill 

Aug 01, 2021 06:03 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy


I saw Tuthankamen twice, once in Egypt, when were coming to the US, and one with Ron when the exhibit came to Los Angeles.  A

Aug 01, 2021 08:42 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

James, you always bring such interesting stories to us each day, and this one was good too! 

Aug 01, 2021 09:15 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello James and always interested in the past and what people still discover to this day.  Thanks for sharing


Aug 01, 2021 09:16 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Good morning James! Quite the interesting life. Imagine what he discovered personally

Aug 01, 2021 09:27 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

What a thrilling experience to have worked on King Tut's tomb excavation.

Aug 01, 2021 09:37 AM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi James- we are the ones who have benefitted from his role in artifact preservation. 

Aug 01, 2021 10:37 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Wow!  To have been there. How amazing.  A true Indiana Jones moment. 

Aug 01, 2021 08:11 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

Very neat James Dray . I'm wondering how he beat TB? That is something I had never heard of before.

Aug 02, 2021 05:47 AM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

The discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb was of historic proportions. For Alfred Lucas to be part of the discovery had to be a highlight of an illustrious career.

Nov 04, 2021 11:06 AM