Leonard Wolfson, Baron Wolfson

Leonard Gordon Wolfson, Baron Wolfson, FRS (11 November 1927 – 20 May 2010) was a British businessman, the former chairman of GUS, and son of GUS magnate Sir Isaac Wolfson, 1st Baronet. He is the father of Janet Wolfson de Botton.

He attended The King's School, Worcester from 1942 to 1945.[1]

Having been knighted in 1977,[2] he was created a Life Peer on 13 June 1985 with the title Baron Wolfson, of Marylebone in the City of Westminster.[3] He was a member of the Conservative Party. On the death of his father in 1991, Lord Wolfson succeeded as 2nd Baronet (styled "of St Marylebone in the County of London"). He was granted a leave of absence from the House of Lords from 2008.

He was Chairman of the Wolfson Foundation. He was elected an Honorary Fellow of the British Academy in 1986, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society in 2005.[4] He was also an Honorary Fellow of three Oxford colleges, Wolfson College (named after his father Isaac Wolfson), St Catherine's College, and Worcester College.[5]

He died on 20 May 2010.[6][7][8][9]

Lord Wolfson was a philanthropist, supporting many causes: he was president of the Jewish Welfare Board, and a trustee of the Imperial War Museum. The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation was set up in 2012, and continues to support scientific and medical research, education and the arts.[10]

Coat of arms of Leonard Wolfson, Baron Wolfson
In front of two Rods of Aesculapius in saltire proper a Torch inflamed also proper
Per pale dovetailed Vert and Or on a Chevron counterchanged between two Roses also Or and Gules respectively and in base an Ancient Hand Bell proper two Pears Sable and Gold
Omnibus Rebus Cura Et Provide (Care and provide for all things)

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  1. The King's School, Worcester, OVs 1900–1949, The King's School, Worcester, UK.
  2. "No. 47415". The London Gazette. 23 December 1977. p. 16073.
  3. "No. 50167". The London Gazette. 18 June 1985. p. 8355.
  4. Ramsbottom, Paul (2022). "Lord Wolfson of Marylebone. 11 November 1927—20 May 2010". Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society. 72: 431–445. doi:10.1098/rsbm.2021.0035. S2CID 246652879.
  5. Hermione Lee, "Obituaries: Lord Wolfson (1927–2010)". Wolfson College Record, 2010 Archived 22 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine, pages 26–28.
  6. "Lord Wolfson".
  7. http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/comment/obituaries/article7133818.ece
  8. Obituary — Lord Wolfson: businessman and philanthropist, The Times, 24 May 2010.
  9. Obituaries — Leonard Wolfson: Businessman and philanthropist, The Independent, 4 June 2010.
  10. "Welcome". The Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation. Retrieved 21 August 2021.
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