Funeral arrangements of Dr Robert Jones (formerly of Physics)

We regret to announce the death of Dr Robert Jones, a former member of the School (now Department) of Physics, on 7 December.

Dr Jones was a founding member who played an important role in the development of both the School (now Department) of Physics and the University during our formative years.

He started at the University on 1 January 1965, well before we opened our doors to students for the first time on 25 October 1966, and worked through to his retirement on 20 December 1991, almost exactly twenty-five years ago.

During his twenty-six career here, he was very much part of the dramatic growth of the University.

Dr Jones’ main research interests were vacuum, plasma physics and mass spectrometry; he also played a vital role in developing our teaching within Physics.

Together with his colleague Gordon Lloyd, he created an experiment and exhibit to demonstrate electrical discharge in Nitrogen gas for the Electricity & Magnetism Gallery in the Science Museum, which ran from 1981 for several years.

The Vice-Chancellor said: "As we celebrate the University’s 50th anniversary, we remember the work of Dr Jones and his colleagues. On their shoulders have stood those who came after and on their foundations the University’s ongoing success and excellence have been built.

"The University has lost someone who made a strong contribution to our history, and who will always be remembered as a much respected colleague and valued friend of the University."

Dr Jones' funeral takes place at 1.30m on Tuesday 20 December at the Coedffranc Cemetery, Skewen, nr Neath in Wales. More details.

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