International Year of chemistry graphicPresenter: Prof Dame Julia Higgins DBE FRS FREng, Imperial College, London

Over 100 friends of the School of Chemistry & Molecular Biosciences attended the 2011 TGH Jones Memorial Lecture on 31 October 2011.

Professor Dame Julia Higgins DBE FRS FREng, Imperial College, London, delivered Tangling with Long Molecules, about polymer chemistry.

This year's lecture was also supported by The Royal Australian Chemical Institute, the Australian Academy of Science, and IChemE as part of the International Year of Chemistry Australian Lecture Tour.

About T. G. H. Jones Memorial Lecture

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Professor T. G. H. Jones

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, he 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, Professor Jones was a member of the Senate (from 1944 to 1968), Dean of the Faculty of Science (from 1942 to 1949 and again from 1960 to 1961) and President of the Professorial Board (from 1951 to 1956). 

Professor 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 honorary doctorates from UQ and the University of Newcastle.

Read more about Professor Jones on our history page.