Sir Philip Magnus Dead; Scientist, Communal Leader
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Sir Philip Magnus Dead; Scientist, Communal Leader

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Sir Philip Magnus, educator, mathematician and scientist, died here today at the age of 91. One of the most prominent figures in Jewish communal life in England for many years, he was widely known for his activities in many varied fields of endeavors. He was created a knight in 1886 and a baronet in 1917 in recognition of his many public services. He retired from the House of Commons in 1922 after sixteen years of service as a Conservative member.

He was the author of many papers on mathematics, problems of physics and education and was joint editor of the London Science Class-books. Among his Jewish communal activities, he served as president of the West London Synagogue of British Jews and vice-president of the Joint Foreign Committee, a representative Jewish body. He was a fellow of the University of London senate, vice-president of the Royal Society of Arts and president of the College of Preceptors.

His son, Laurie Magnus, editor of the Jewish Standard and a noted publicist, died last spring. His grandson, Philip Montefiore Magnus, succeeds to the baronetcy.

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