The series provides invited lectures from distinguished speakers in areas of engineering related to research within the School of Engineering. The lectures are intended to appeal to a diverse audience from the University and beyond and typically draw upon a current research topic to provide a wide-ranging introduction in a semi-popular style.

Previous Lectures

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The lecture series commemorates Prof. R. V. Jones, one of the University of Aberdeen’s most distinguished professors. He is best known for his work co-ordinating scientific intelligence during the second world war, working with radio navigation, early applications of radar, and interpretation of intelligence on flying bombs, rockets, and insight into a wide range of other physical and engineering problems. He held the Chair of Natural Philosophy from 1946 to 1981. He meticulously planned the new Natural Philosophy building, now the Fraser Noble Building that houses the School of Engineering. He devoted much of his career to scientific instrument design touching on was so successful that he was able to reach the limits of what is physically achievable through careful attention to good design principles and painstaking attention to detail, such as isolation from extraneous disturbances, appropriate choice of material and accurate construction. Like most pioneering technical developers, he did not follow the recipe books, but effectively wrote them himself. Throughout, he took a great interest in promoting public understanding of science, for twenty years he edited the Notes and Records of the Royal Society. He was renowned for his enthusiastic undergraduate lectures and lively scientific demonstrations.