Rodney Jory

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Rodney Leonard Jory
Rodney Leonard Jory

(1938-11-26)26 November 1938
Adelaide, Australia
Died14 October 2021(2021-10-14) (aged 82)

Rodney Leonard (Rod) Jory AM, (26 November 1938 – 14 October 2021), was an Australian physicist noted for establishing and running the National Youth Science Forum (NYSF/NSSS) and for his contributions to Australian teams which have competed at the International Physics Olympiad. He retired from the position of director of the NYSF in January 2005, and currently resides in Canberra, Australia.


Born and bred in Adelaide, after beginning his high schooling at Woodville High School (1951), Professor Jory then attended Prince Alfred College (1952–1955). His university education began at the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Science degree with honours (1956–1960). This was followed with a PhD from The Australian National University (1960–1964).

His PhD was completed under the guidance of Professor L. G. H. Huxley and Dr R. W. Crompton, initially at the University of Adelaide and then transferring to the Australian National University. The research focussed on the drift velocities and diffusion coefficients of electrons in nitrogen, hydrogen and helium.

University career[edit]

Professor Jory has taught at a number of Australian and overseas universities, most extensively at The Australian National University and the University of Canberra. His career history is as follows:

NSSS / NYSF[edit]

In Australia, Professor Jory is well known for his involvement with the National Science Summer School (which was renamed the National Youth Science Forum in 1996). He assumed the role of director at its inception, and stayed in that position for 21 years (1984–2005).

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Scientific publications[edit]

  • Jory, R.; Crompton, R. W. (1962). "On the Swarm Method for Determining the Ratio of Electron Drift Velocity to Diffusion Coefficient". Aust. J. Phys. 15: 451.
  • Jory, R.; Rees, J. A. (1964). "The Diffusion of Electrons in Dry, Carbon Dioxide Free Air". Aust. J. Phys. 17: 307.
  • Jory, Rodney (June 1965). The motion of electrons in crossed electric and magnetic fields. Canberra: Australian National University.
  • Jory, R. (1965). "Transport Coefficients for Low Energy Electrons in Crossed Electric and Magnetic Fields". Aust. J. Phys. 18: 237.
  • Jory, R.; Rees, J. A. & Crompton, R. W. (1965). "The Diffusion and Attachment of Electrons in Water Vapour". Aust. J. Phys. 18: 541.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Jory, R. & Crompton, R. W. (1965). "The Momentum-Transfer Cross Section for Low Energy Electrons in Helium". Proc. 4th International Conference on Physics of Electronic and Atomic Collisions. Quebec.
  • Jory, R.; Crompton, R. W. & Elford, M. T. (1967). "The Momentum Transfer Cross Section for Electrons in Helium". Aust. J. Phys. 20: 369.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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