By Geoffrey Alderman, May 1, 2008
Born London, June 19, 1920.
Died Oxford, February 21, 2008, aged 87.
A pioneer of the study of Turkish language and literature in this country, Professor Geoffrey Lewis was almost single-handedly responsible for its introduction to the University of Oxford, writes Geoffrey Alderman.
After University College School, London, he read classics at Oxford, which sparked his interest in Turkish. In the Second World War he served in the RAF, in radar. Returning to Oxford, he gained a first in Arabic and Persian in 1947.