Elected F.R.S. 1991
Malcolm Douglas Lilly grew up in Eltham in South London. His father, Charles Victor Lilly, had several awards for excellence in science at St John's School, Walworth, but left school at the age of fourteen to join Hobson & Son of Tooley Street, London, as an office boy. In due course he rose to become a director of the company. The firm was the leading manufacturer of uniforms; Charles Lilly was responsible for hats. Malcolm's mother, Amy Gardiner, also worked there before her marriage. Their younger son, Christopher, who became an electronics engineer, was born in 1946.