Jeff Tallon (physicist)


Jeffery Lewis Tallon CNZM (born 1948) is a New Zealand physicist specialising in high-temperature superconductors.[1]

Jeff Tallon

Jeffery Lewis Tallon

(1948-12-18) 18 December 1948 (age 73)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Alma materVictoria University of Wellington
Known forSuperconductivity research
AwardsHector Medal (1998)
Rutherford Medal (2002)
Scientific career
InstitutionsVictoria University of Wellington
Callaghan Innovation
ThesisPremelting and the mechanisms of melting in the alkali halides (1976)
Doctoral advisorStuart Smedley
Bill Robinson

Early life and educationEdit

Tallon was born in Hamilton on 17 December 1948, the son of Phyllis Blanche Tallon (née Currie) and George Frederick Tallon.[2][3] He was educated at Mount Albert Grammar School in Auckland from 1962 to 1966.[3][4] 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.[5][6]

In 1971, Tallon married Mary Elaine Turner, and the couple went on to have three children.[2][3]

Academic careerEdit

He was awarded a Doctor of Science by Victoria University of Wellington in 1996, on the basis of a selection of published papers.[7]

Honours and awardsEdit

In 1990, Tallon was awarded the Michaelis Medal for physics research.[3] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1993,[8] and in 1998 he won the society's Hector Medal jointly with Paul Callaghan.[9] In 2002, Tallon was awarded the Rutherford Medal,[10] the highest award in New Zealand science.

In 1990, Tallon received the New Zealand 1990 Commemoration Medal.[3] In the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to science.[11]


  1. ^ "Jeff Tallon". Royal Society of New Zealand. 2012. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Taylor, Alister; Coddington, Deborah (1994). Honoured by the Queen – New Zealand. Auckland: New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa. p. 358. ISBN 0-908578-34-2.
  3. ^ a b c d e Taylor, Alister, ed. (2001). "New Zealand Who's Who Aotearoa 2001". New Zealand Who's Who, Aotearoa. Auckland: Alister Taylor Publishers: 852. ISSN 1172-9813.
  4. ^ "Congratulations" (PDF). Mount Albert Grammar School Quarterly. 5 (1): 18. 2010. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  5. ^ Halton, Brian (2014). "Chemistry at Victoria the Wellington University" (PDF). Victoria University of Wellington. p. 148. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  6. ^ Tallon, Jeffery Lewis (1 January 1976), Premelting and the Machanisms of Melting in the Alkali Halides (Doctoral thesis), Open Access Repository Victoria University of Wellington, doi:10.26686/WGTN.16958908, Wikidata Q111966119
  7. ^ Tallon, Jeffery Lewis (1996). Selected publications of Jefferey Lewis Tallon: a thesis submitted to the Victoria University of Wellington in fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Science [in Chemistry] (Thesis). Victoria University of Wellington. Retrieved 15 August 2015.
  8. ^ "The Academy: S–U". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Hector Medal". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Rutherford Medal". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  11. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2009". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 June 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2020.

External linksEdit

  • Google Scholar
  • MacDiarmid Institute page
  • Callaghan Innovation page