TGH Jones Memorial Lecture
This annual UQ public lecture is a memorial to the late Thomas Gilbert Henry Jones, who joined UQ as an assistant lecturer and demonstrator in 1915. Following service in WWI as a munitions and explosives producer, Jones returned to UQ as a lecturer in inorganic chemistry, being promoted to professor and head of department in 1940. During his 50 years of service to UQ he was a member of Senate (1944-68), Dean of the Faculty of Science (1942-49 and 1960-61) and President of the Professorial Board (1951-56).
Jones initiated a program of research into the chemistry of natural (plant) products. He held officer positions in the Royal Society of Queensland and the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. He led a public meeting in City Hall in 1957 to protest against State Government legislation that threatened the University’s autonomy in making appointments. He was awarded a CBE in 1960 and received an honorary doctorate from UQ and from the University of Newcastle.
Speakers in recent years have been:
- 2016 - Prof George Whitesides, Harvard University - ' Simple/Low-cost Bioanalysis for the Developing World and Point of Care'.
- 2014 - Prof David Leigh, University of Manchester - 'Tooling Up for Nanoworld: The Magic of Molecular Machines'.
- 2013 - Prof Peter Wipf (pictured, with descendents of TGH Jones), University of Pittsburgh - 'Better Mitochondia through Imine Addition Chemistry'.
- 2012 - Prof Huw Davies, Emory University, USA - 'Where would we be without Chemical Synthesis? From Rhodium Metal to Potential Medication'.
- 2011 - Prof Dame Julia Higgins DBE FRS FREng, Imperial College, London - 'Tangling with Long Molecules'.
- 2010 - Prof Les Dutton, The Johnson Research Foundation, Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania - 'Design and engineering of oxidoreductases'.
- 2009 - Prof Ken Raymond, University of California at Berkeley - 'Supramolecular Metal-Ligand Clusters as Nanoenzymes'.
- 2008 - Prof Margaret Sheil, CEO of the Australian Research Council - 'A new ERA for he ARC and the National Innovation System'.
- 2007 - Dr Richard Jefferson, CAMBIA BiOS Initiative, Canberra - 'Biological Open Source (BiOS) as a new paradigm for science enabled innovation.'
- 2006 - Emeritus Prof Ian Lowe, President, Australian Conservation Foundation - 'Energy, the carbon cycle and sustainable futures'.
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