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Biographical entry Jaeger, John Conrad (1907 - 1979)


30 July 1907
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
15 May 1979
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
Geophysicist and Mathematician


John Jaeger was Professor of Geophysics at the Australian National University 1951-1972. He had previously been Lecturer in Mathematics and subsequently Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Tasmania 1935-1951. He achieved fame as an applied mathematician, especially through his books and his teaching; Conduction of Heat in Solids alone would have ensured continuing international recognition. Then he became one of the major moving forces in solid-earth geophysics and geochemistry in Australia, founding a school of high international standing and making important contributions in geothermal studies and rock mechanics. Since 1990 the Australian Academy of Science has awarded the Jaeger Medal for investigations of a high order into the solid Earth or its oceans.



Education - BSc, University of Sydney
Education - BA, University of Cambridge
1931 - 1935
Career position - Research Scholar, Trinity College, University of Cambridge
Education - MA, University of Cambridge
1936 - 1944
Career position - Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Tasmania
Education - DSc, University of Sydney
1942 - 1945
Career position - Physicist, Radiophysics Laboratory, CSIRO Division of Radiophysics
1944 - 1948
Career position - Senior Lecturer in Mathematics, University of Tasmania
Award - Walter Burfitt Prize, Royal Society of New South Wales
Award - Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal, Australian National Research Council
1949 - 1950
Career position - Associate Professor, University of Tasmania
1950 - 1951
Career position - Professor of Applied Mathematics, University of Tasmania
1951 - 1972
Career position - Foundation Professor of Geophysics, Australian National University
1954 - 1979
Award - Foundation Fellow, Australian Academy of Science
Award - Rock Mechanics Award (with N. G. W. Cook), American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and Petroleum Engineers
1970 - 1979
Award - Fellow, Royal Society, London
1972 - 1979
Career position - Emeritus Professor, Australian National University
Award - DSc honoris causa, University of Tasmania

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Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science

  • John Conrad Jaeger - Records, 1965 - 1985, MS 120; Adolph Basser Library, Australian Academy of Science. Details

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  • Jaeger, J. C., 'Horatio Scott Carslaw', Australian Mathematics Teacher, 11 (1955), 59-66. Details
  • Jaeger, J. C., 'Horatio Scott Carslaw', London Mathematical Society, Journal, 31 (1956). Details
  • Lilley, F. E. M., 'Demonstrating that Continents Had Drifted: Paleomagnetic Measurements at the Australian National University 1952-1964', Historical Records of Australian Science, 23 (2012), 1-33. Details
  • Paterson, M. S., 'John Conrad Jaeger, 30 July 1907 - 15 May 1979', Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of The Royal Society, 28 (1982), 163-203. Details
  • Paterson, M. S., 'John Conrad Jaeger 1907-1979', Historical Records of Australian Science, 5 (3) (1982), 64-88. Details


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