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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