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Biographical entry Kelly, John Charles (Jak) (1928 - 2012)

Born
14 February 1928
Borenor, New South Wales, Australia
Died
11 February 2012
Occupation
Physicist

Summary

Jak Kelly was Chairman of the Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales 1984-1989 and Associate Professor and Head of the School of Physics 1985-1989.

Details

Jak Kelly was appointed to the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales in 1961 ultimately becoming the Chair of the Faculty of Science. In his research he specialised in ion beam deposition, patenting several improvements. During his PhD studies on thin-film at the University of Reading he invented Electron Bombardment Deposition which became the standard method of high temperature metal evaporation. While at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, he focussed on radiation damage in crystals, grown using his own single drop method. Other research, in collaboration with others, involved thermoluminescent dating, using ion implantation to improve the attachment of bone cells to prosthetic surfaces, the modelling and deposition of thin-film solar energy absorbers, irradiation of wool using ion beams to improve wool properties, studying low energy nuclear reactions, and proposing laser fusion improvements.

Events

1950
Education - BSc, University of Sydney
1950 - 1954
Career position - Technical Officer, National Standards Laboratory, CSIRO
1955
Education - PhD, University of Reading, United Kingdom
1955 - 1957
Career position - Research Assistant, Department of Physics, Reading University, United Kingdom
1958 - 1960
Career position - Senior Scientific Officer, Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, United Kingdom
1965 - 1966
Career position - Chair, Australian Institute of Physics
1969 - 1990
Career position - Member, Editorial Board, International Scientific Journal of Radiation Effects
1975
Award - DSc, University of New South Wales
1979 - 2012
Career position - Member, International Ion Beam Analysis Committee
1984 - 1989
Career position - Chairman, Faculty of Science, University of New South Wales
1985 - 1989
Career position - Head of School of Physics, University of New South Wales
1989 - 2012
Career position - Visiting Professor, University of New South Wales
1992 - 1997
Career position - Editor, Australian and New Zealand Physicist
2004 - 2012
Career position - Honorary Professor, University of Sydney
2005 - 2006
Career position - President, Royal Society of New South Wales
2009
Award - Fellow, Royal Society of New South Wales
2009 - 2012
Career position - Editor, Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • John Charles Kelly - Records, 1935 - 1976, DeB 941-942; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Burton, Michael ed., 'Special Edition: Tribute to Jak Kelly', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 146, no. 2, 2013, pp. 1-135. Details
  • Mills, David, Hardie, John and Hora, Heinrich, 'Obituary : Professor Jak (John Charles) Kelly FRSN (14 February 1928 - 11 February 2012)', Journal and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New South Wales, vol. 145, no. 3/4, 2012, pp. 101-2. Details

Online Resources

McCarthy, G.J. and Helen Cohn