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Michael Arthur Lewis (1890–1970) was a British naval historian, as well as a fiction writer, who was Professor of History and English at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich between 1934 and 1955.

Born in Freeland, Oxfordshire, Lewis was educated at Uppingham School and studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he took a Bachelor of Arts degree with honours in 1912 and a Master of Arts in 1924. During the First World War, he served in the Royal Marines from 1914 to 1919, becoming a lieutenant.

He spent his entire 42-year academic career in English naval colleges. In 1913, he was appointed an assistant master at the Royal Naval College, Osborne, remaining there until 1920, when he was transferred to the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth. In 1922, he was appointed assistant head of history and English at Dartmouth. Shortly after his marriage, he was appointed Professor of History and English in 1934 at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, a position he held until his retirement in 1955. While holding that position, he was Director of the Sub-lieutenants General Education Course, 1946-1955 at Greewnich. Additionally, he was lecturer in English to the Royal Navy Staff College, 1943-1957, and in Naval history, 1945-1953. He was lecturer in naval history to the Royal Navy Senior Officers War Course, 1947-1953.

Lewis was an active member of the Navy Records Society, serving on its publication committee and council from 1938, as well as becoming vice president from 1939. Equally active in the Society for Nautical Research, he was a member of council from 1935, vice president in 1946, chairman of council from 1951 to 1960 and president from 1960. Additionally, he was a member of the HMS Victory Advisory Technical Committee from 1955. In 1952-1953, Lewis was the introducer on British television for the American series of 26, one-half hour television programmes on navies in the Second World War, Victory at Sea.

AOS Naval Non Fiction

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  A Social History of the Navy 1793-1815 A portrait of the Royal Navy during the Napoleonic wars

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