Stuart Lyon was a student at Trinity College, Cambridge University where he was awarded his undergraduate degree in metallurgy and materials science in 1979 and his PhD in solid-state electrochemical sensors (proton conductors) in 1983. After a short spell in industry he joined the Corrosion and Protection Centre (CPC) at the former University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST) in 1983, was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1996, to Reader in 2005 and to Professor in 2007. Since 2012 he has held the AkzoNobel Chair of Corrosion Control in the School of Materials where he was also Director of Research from 2013 to 2017.
Stuart was President of the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) from 2005 to 2007 and Trustee and Member of Council for ICorr for 15 years until 2011. From 2008 to 2012 he was CEO of Correx Ltd, the trading subsidiary of ICorr. He is a member of the Corrosion Committee of the Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining (IoMMM) and also Editor-in-Chief of Corrosion Science Engineering and Technology, a publication of IoMMM, since 2006.
2000: I.T. Watkins Award of the Institute of Metal Finishing (IMF); 2012 Grande Medallion Cefracor (French Corrosion Society); 2014 Guy Bengough Award of IoMMM.