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Bryan Keith-Lucas CBE (previously
Bryan Lucas, born Fen Ditton, Cambridgeshire, 1 August 1912, died Canterbury, Kent, 1996) was an English political scientist.
The son of Keith Lucas ScD FRS, a
physiologist and instrument designer, Keith-Lucas (who changed his
surname in honour of his father) was educated at Gresham's
School, Holt, and Pembroke College,
Cambridge, where he read history and economics.
He joined the town clerk's department at Kensington, London, and qualified as a solicitor in
During the Second World War he served with the Buffs and Sherwood
Foresters in north Africa, Italy, and Cyprus, and was Mentioned in Despatches, ending
the war as a major.
He then returned to local government in Nottingham. In 1948 he became senior
lecturer in local government at Oxford
University, and in 1950 a fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford. He
served as an Oxford city councillor for the Liberal
Party, sat on several government committees, and advised on
aspects of local government for Britain's former colonies.
In 1965 he was appointed professor of government in the new University of
Kent at Canterbury, and from 1970 to 1974 he was Master of Darwin
College, Kent. He retired in 1977 and taught politics part-time
School, Canterbury. In the last years of his life, he lived at
- The English Local Government Franchise (1952)
- The Mayor, Aldermen and Councillors (1961)
- History of Local Government in England by Josef
Redlich and Francis Wrigley Hirst (editor of 2nd edition,
- English Local Government in the 19th and 20th
- A History of Local Government in the 20th Century (with P.
G. Richards, 1978)
- The Unreformed Local Government System (1980)
- Parish Affairs (1986)
- A Kentish Parson (with Dr G. M. Ditchfield, 1991)
Keith-Lucas married Mary Hardwicke in 1946, and they had a son,
Peter, and two daughters. His wife was also a Liberal councillor:
she was Sheriff of Canterbury in 1971 and was appointed MBE in 1982.
He was the brother of David Keith-Lucas (1911-1997), an
aeronautical engineer, and of Alan Keith-Lucas.
- Keith Lucas by John K. Bradley in Oxford
Dictionary of National Biography (OUP, 2004)
- Who's Who 1993 (A. & C. Black, London, 1993)