Jeff Tallon (physicist)

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Jeff Tallon

Jeffery Lewis Tallon

1948 (age 7071)
ResidenceNew Zealand
Alma mater Victoria University of Wellington
Awards Hector Medal (1998)
CNZM (2009)
Scientific career
Institutions Victoria University of Wellington
Callaghan Innovation
Thesis Premelting and the mechanisms of melting in the alkali halides  (1976)
Doctoral advisor Stuart Smedley
Bill Robinson

Jeffery Lewis Tallon CNZM (born 1948) is a New Zealand physicist specialising in high-temperature superconductors. [1]


Early life and education

Born in 1948, Tallon was educated at Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland from 1962 to 1966. [2] After a BSc(Hons) at the University of Auckland, he undertook doctoral studies at Victoria University of Wellington under Stuart Smedley and Bill Robinson, completing his PhD in chemistry in 1976. [3]

Mount Albert Grammar School, commonly known as MAGS is a semi co-educational state secondary school in Mount Albert in Auckland, New Zealand. It teaches students in year levels 9 to 13. As of August 2019, Mount Albert Grammar School is the second largest school in New Zealand, behind Rangitoto College.

Auckland Metropolitan area in North Island, New Zealand

Auckland is a city in the North Island of New Zealand. The most populous urban area in the country, Auckland has an urban population of around 1,628,900. It is located in the Auckland Region—the area governed by Auckland Council—which includes outlying rural areas and the islands of the Hauraki Gulf, resulting in a total population of 1,695,900. Auckland is a diverse, multicultural and cosmopolitan city, home to the largest Polynesian population in the world. A Māori-language name for Auckland is Tāmaki or Tāmaki Makaurau, meaning "Tāmaki with a hundred lovers", in reference to the desirability of its fertile land at the hub of waterways in all directions.

University of Auckland University in New Zealand

The University of Auckland is the largest university in New Zealand, located in the country's largest city, Auckland. It is the highest-ranked university in the country, being ranked 83th worldwide in the 2019/20 QS World University Rankings. Established in 1883 as a constituent college of the University of New Zealand, the university is made up of eight faculties; these are spread over six campuses. It has more than 40,000 students, and more than 30,000 "equivalent full-time" students.

Academic career

He was awarded a Doctor of Science by Victoria University of Wellington in 1996, on the basis of a selection of published papers. [4]

Doctor of Science, usually abbreviated Sc.D., D.Sc., S.D., or D.S., is an academic research degree awarded in a number of countries throughout the world. In some countries, "Doctor of Science" is the title used for the standard doctorate in the sciences; elsewhere the Sc.D. is a "higher doctorate" awarded in recognition of a substantial and sustained contribution to scientific knowledge beyond that required for a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD). It may also be awarded as an honorary degree.


Tallon was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1993, [5] and in 1998 he won the society's Hector Medal jointly with Paul Callaghan. [6]

The Hector Medal, formerly known as the Hector Memorial Medal, is a science award given by the Royal Society of New Zealand in memory of Sir James Hector to researchers working in New Zealand. It is awarded annually in rotation for different sciences – currently there are three: chemical sciences; physical sciences; mathematical and information sciences. It is given to a researcher who "has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and has made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the particular branch of science." It was previously rotated through more fields of science – in 1918 they were: botany, chemistry, ethnology, geology, physics, zoology. For a few years it was awarded biennially – it was not awarded in 2000, 2002 or 2004.

Sir Paul Terence Callaghan was a New Zealand physicist who, as the founding director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Victoria University of Wellington, held the position of Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Physical Sciences and was President of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance.

In 2002, Tallon was awarded the Rutherford Medal, [7] the highest award in New Zealand science. In the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to science. [8]

Rutherford Medal (Royal Society of New Zealand) award of the Royal Society of New Zealand

The Rutherford Medal is the most prestigious award offered by the Royal Society of New Zealand, consisting of a medal and prize of $100,000. It is awarded at the request of the New Zealand Government to recognize exceptional contributions to the advancement and promotion of public awareness, knowledge and understanding in addition to eminent research or technological practice by a person or group in any field of science, mathematics, social science, or technology. It is funded by the New Zealand government and awarded annually.

The Queen's Birthday Honours 2009 were appointments by some of the 16 Commonwealth realms of Queen Elizabeth II to various orders and honours to recognise and reward good works by citizens of those countries. The Birthday Honours are awarded as part of the Queen's Official Birthday celebrations during the month of June.

New Zealand Order of Merit order

The New Zealand Order of Merit is an order of merit in New Zealand's honours system. It was established by royal warrant on 30 May 1996 by Elizabeth II, Queen of New Zealand, "for those persons who in any field of endeavour, have rendered meritorious service to the Crown and nation or who have become distinguished by their eminence, talents, contributions or other merits", to recognise outstanding service to the Crown and people of New Zealand in a civil or military capacity.

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  2. "Congratulations" (PDF). Mount Albert Grammar School Quarterly. 5 (1): 18. 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  3. Halton, Brian (2014). "Chemistry at Victoria the Wellington University" (PDF). Victoria University of Wellington. p. 148. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  4. Tallon, Jeffery Lewis (1996). Selected publications of Jefferey Lewis Tallon: a thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Science [in Chemistry] (Thesis). Victoria University of Wellington . Retrieved 15 August 2015.
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  8. "Queen's Birthday honours list 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 June 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2014.