John Lucas is professor emeritus of exercise and sport science in the College of Health and Human Development's Department of Kinesiology. He is also the author of four books, including "The Future of the Olympics" (1992) and "The Modern Olympic Games" (1980). Lucas is the official North American historian for the Olympic games, and in 1996 he received the International Olympic Committee’s highest honor, the Olympic Order gold medal.
On December 15 2010, University Archivist Jackie Esposito announced the gift of the John A. Lucas Olympic History Collection, 162 cubic feet of books, professional journals, article reprints, research files, biographies, and individual articles organized chronologically by Olympiad. The collection should be available for research use before the opening ceremonies of the 2012 summer games in London.
Professor Lucas will deliver a talk entitled "Athens 1896 to London 2012: A Perspective on the Olympic Games," on Wednesday, April 6, 2011, from noon to 1pm in the Mann Assembly Room.