Jonathan A. Jones

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Jonathan Jones
Born1967 (age 56–57)
Alma materUniversity of Oxford (BA, DPhil)
Scientific career
FieldsQuantum computation
ThesisNuclear Magnetic Resonance Data-Processing Methods
Doctoral advisorPeter J. Hore[1]

Jonathan A. Jones (born 1967) is a professor in atomic and laser physics at the University of Oxford,[2] and a fellow and tutor in physics at Brasenose College, Oxford.[3]


Jones studied at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, from 1985 to 1989 and St John's College, Oxford, from 1989 to 1992. He received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1992 for research on Nuclear magnetic resonance data processing methods supervised by Peter Hore.[1]

Research and career[edit]

Although trained in chemistry, he is active in physics, especially for his work on NMR quantum computation for which he was awarded the 2000 Marlow Medal of the Royal Society of Chemistry.[4] His main research interest is in quantum computation.[5]

"Freedom of information" activism[edit]

In 2009, Jones joined in making Freedom of Information requests to the Climatic Research Unit following a complaint by blogger Steve McIntyre that the Climatic Research Unit of the University of East Anglia (UEA) had refused to release raw weather station data. Meteorological organisations had allowed the university to use this data on the understanding that it would be kept private, largely due to its commercial value. Jones made a Freedom of Information request for raw data which the university had shared with another researcher, but refused to provide to McIntyre. The university worked with the Met Office to get meteorological organisations to waive confidentiality on raw instrumental data, most failed to respond and two refused. In 2011 the Information Commissioner's Office decided that the university had to make the data public, regardless of the wishes of its owners. Jones said to BBC News that it was a matter of principle, "This dataset wasn't particularly interesting, but we thought the data in general should be available, and we thought people shouldn't have to make FoI requests for it."[6] The decision was described as a "landmark ruling" and a "victory for critics of the UEA" by Fred Pearce of The Guardian. Jones said "My sole aim [in pursuing the case] is to help restore climate science to something more closely resembling scientific norms".[7]


  1. ^ a b Jones, Jonathan A. (1992). Nuclear magnetic resonance data processing methods. (DPhil thesis). University of Oxford. OCLC 863543024. EThOS Free access icon
  2. ^ "Jonathan Jones". University of Oxford, Department of Physics. Retrieved 29 August 2018.
  3. ^ "Brasenose College: Professor Jonathan Jones". Archived from the original on 22 September 2013. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  4. ^ "RSC Marlow Award: Previous Winners". Royal Society of Chemistry. Retrieved 24 August 2013.
  5. ^ "Jonathan Jones personal home page".
  6. ^ Black, Richard (27 July 2011). "Climate unit releases virtually all remaining data". BBC News. Retrieved 30 August 2015.
  7. ^ Pearce, Fred (1 July 2011). "Oxford academic wins right to read UEA climate data". The Guardian.