Jeffery Lewis Tallon (born 1948) is a New Zealand physicist specialising in high-temperature superconductors.
Jeffery Lewis Tallon
18 December 1948
Hamilton, New Zealand
|Alma mater||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Known for||Superconductivity research|
|Awards||Hector Medal (1998)|
Rutherford Medal (2002)
|Institutions||Victoria University of Wellington|
|Thesis||Premelting and the mechanisms of melting in the alkali halides (1976)|
|Doctoral advisor||Stuart Smedley|
Tallon was born in Hamilton on 17 December 1948, the son of Phyllis Blanche Tallon (née Currie) and George Frederick Tallon. He was educated at Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland from 1962 to 1966. 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.
In 1990, Tallon was awarded the Michaelis Medal for physics research. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1993, and in 1998 he won the society's Hector Medal jointly with Paul Callaghan. In 2002, Tallon was awarded the Rutherford Medal, the highest award in New Zealand science.
In 1990, Tallon received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal. In the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to science.