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Biographical entry Jaeger, John Conrad (1907 - 1979)

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Born
30 July 1907
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died
15 May 1979
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Occupation
Geophysicist and Mathematician

Summary

John Jaeger was Professor of Geophysics at the Australian National University 1951-1972. He had previously been Lecturer in Mathematics and subsequently Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Tasmania 1935-1951. He achieved fame as an applied mathematician, especially through his books and his teaching; Conduction of Heat in Solids alone would have ensured continuing international recognition. Then he became one of the major moving forces in solid-earth geophysics and geochemistry in Australia, founding a school of high international standing and making important contributions in geothermal studies and rock mechanics. Since 1990 the Australian Academy of Science has awarded the Jaeger Medal for investigations of a high order into the solid Earth or its oceans.

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1928
Education - BSc, University of Sydney
1930
Education - BA, University of Cambridge
1931 - 1935
Career position - Research Scholar, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
1934
Education - MA, University of Cambridge
1936 - 1944
Career position - Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Tasmania
1941
Education - DSc, University of Sydney
1942 - 1945
Career position - Physicist, Radiophysics Laboratory, CSIRO Division of Radiophysics
1944 - 1948
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Tasmania
1947
Award - Walter Burfitt Prize, Royal Society of New South Wales
1947
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian National Research Council
1949 - 1950
Career position - Associate Professor, University of Tasmania
1950 - 1951
Career position - Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Tasmania
1951 - 1972
Career position - Foundation Professor of Geophysics, Australian National University
1954 - 1979
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
1969
Award - Rock Mechanics Award (with N. G. W. Cook), American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers
1970 - 1979
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1972 - 1979
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
1975
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Tasmania

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • John Conrad Jaeger - Records, 1965 - 1985, MS 120; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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  • Jaeger, J. C., 'Horatio Scott Carslaw', Australian Mathematics Teacher, 11 (1955), 59-66. Details
  • Jaeger, J. C., 'Horatio Scott Carslaw', London Mathematical Society, Journal, 31 (1956). Details
  • Lilley, F. E. M., 'Demonstrating that Continents Had Drifted: Paleomagnetic Measurements at the Australian National University 1952-1964', Historical Records of Australian Science, 23 (2012), 1-33. Details
  • Paterson, M. S., 'John Conrad Jaeger, 30 July 1907 - 15 May 1979', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, 28 (1982), 163-203. Details
  • Paterson, M. S., 'John Conrad Jaeger 1907-1979', Historical Records of Australian Science, 5 (3) (1982), 64-88. http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/HR9820530064.htm. Details

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McCarthy, G.J.