Kenneth Adam was born Klaus Hugo Adam in 1921 in Berlin to an old-established, highly assimilated Jewish family. He was educated at Collège Français until his emigration to Britain in 1934. He settled in N.W. London, where his mother ran a well-known refugee boarding-house. He attended St. Paul’s School, Architecture College, and then became a fighter pilot in the RAF. After the war he had a highly successful career as designer of film sets (2 Oscars). He was knighted in 2003.