Prof Tudor Jones

photoProfessor T B Jones, MBE, PhD,  DSc, CPhys, FInstP, CEng

Emeritus Professor of ionospheric Physics and former Head of the Department of Physics & Astronomy.

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Professor Tudor Jones is now Emeritus Professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Leicester. He was educated at Ystradgynlais County Grammar school in South Wales and at the University of Wales, Swansea. He completed his BSc degree in 1956 and subsequently undertook post-graduate studies there under the supervision of Prof Sir Granville Beynon.  He was awarded the PhD degree 1959 for studies of the absorption of radio waves in the Earth’s Ionosphere and the DSc in 1979.  In 1959 he was appointed Royal Society Research Assistant to Professor Beynon when he moved to Aberystwyth as head of department.  In 1960 Prof Jones moved to the University of Leicester as an Assistant Lecturer. He was promoted Lecturer in 1961, Senior Lecturer in 1969, Reader in1975 and to a Personal Chair in 1980.  He was Head of Department at Leicester from 1993 to 1998.  He retired in 1998 on being appointed PPARC National Coordinator for Ground Based Solar Terrestrial Physics, a post he held until 2001. From 2001 to 2002 he was a Leverhulme Emeritus Research Fellow at Leicester.

Prof Jones has been a guest research scientist at various Government laboratories in the UK and overseas e.g. Senior Resident Research Associate, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Laboratories, Boulder, 1971-72. He is the author or co-author of ~200 research publications in the refereed scientific media.  He presented the Appleton Lecture of the IEE 1997; awarded the Charles Chree prize and medal of the Inst. Physics, 1995 and the Appleton Prize awarded jointly by the International Union of Radio Science and the Royal Society, 1993. He was appointed MBE in 2011 for services to science.

Research interests

My research interests have focused on the propagation of radio waves in the Earth’s ionosphere with special reference to the highly disturbed Polar Regions. The group at Leicester have developed numerous radio and radar methods for studying these regions such as the STARE and CUTLASS radars. These techniques have yielded a wealth of information regarding the interaction of the Solar Wind, the Magnetosphere and the Earth’s ionosphere, a field of study now known as Solar Weather. In addition much effort was devoted to artificial modification of the Ionosphere by very high power radio waves (Heating). The facility constructed by the Leicester group on Svalbard and known as SPEAR, (Space Plasma Exploitation by Active Radar) has produced significant new insights into the behaviour of the ionospheric plasma including the natural disturbances known as the aurora.

In addition to the physics of the ionosphere, considerable attention has been given to the propagation of waves in the ionosphere (Radio Science). Early work involved the propagation of very low frequency (VLF) waves in the wave guide formed by the Earth as one wall and the Ionosphere as the other. These studies contributed to the development of the navigation aid known as OMEGA. More recently the main areas of interest have been in the correction of errors induced by the ionosphere in HF direction finding and radar systems. In addition to experimental studies, the application of ray tracing methods to various models of the ionosphere has also proved to be particularly effective in these investigations.

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