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Authorised form of nameSchonland; Sir; Basil Ferdinand Jamieson (1896 - 1972)
Dates1896 - 1972
NationalitySouth African
Place of birthGrahamstown, South Africa
Date of birth05 February 1896
Place of deathWinchester, Hampshire
Date of death24/11/1972
Research fieldAtmospheric electricity; lightning; scientific administration; geophysics
ActivityEducation:
Rhodes University College; Cambridge
Career:
Interrupted Cambridge Tripos to serve with Royal Engineers in Great War; Lieutenant, commanded 43 Airline Section, IV Army, British Expeditionary Force (1916); Wireless Research Officer, General Headquarters Central Wireless School, Montreuil (1917-1918); acting Captain, Wireless Officer, VI Army Corps (1918); Senior Lecturer in Physics, University of Cape Town, South Africa (1922); 1851 Exhibitioner (1928); Carnegie Travelling Fellow (1934); Secretary, Royal Society of South Africa (1929-1934); Chairman, Lightning Research sub-Committee, SA Institution of Electrical Engineers (1932); President, Section A, SA Association for the Advancement of Science (1935); Chairman, SA National Committee on Scientific Radio-Telegraphy (1936); Professor of Physics, Cape Town (1936); Professor of Geophysics and Director, Bernard Price Institute of Geophysics, University of the Witwatersand , South Africa (1937-1954); Major, commanded Special Wireless Section, SA Corps of Signals (1939); Lieutenant Colonel, RDF [Radar] adviser to SA High Commissioner, London (1941); Superintendent, Air Defence Research Development Establishment Operational Research Group, Petersham (1941); Brigadier, Superintendent, Army Operational Research Group (1943); Scientific Adviser, 21st Army Group (1944); Founding President, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa (1945-1950); Deputy Director (1954-1958), Director, Head of Research Group (1958-1961), Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell; Chancellor, Rhodes University, Grahamstown (1951-1962); Pro-Chancellor, University of Southampton (1960-1962); President (Physics and Mathematics), British Association (1962)
Honours:
CBE 1948; Kt 1960
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election17/03/1938
Royal Society activityMedals and prizes:
Hughes Medal 1945
Lectures:
Wilkins 1955
SourcesSources:
Bulloch's Roll; DSB
Obituaries:
Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society 1973 vol 19 pp 629-653, plate, by T E Allibone
References:
F R N Nabarro, 'A scientist of the Commonwealth. Schonland, scientist and soldier, by B Austin' in NR 2002 vol 56 pp 396-398
Royal Society codeNA6907
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
RR/36/64Referee's report by George Clarke Simpson, on a paper 'The electric fields of South African thunderstorms' by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland and J Craib[January 1927]
RR/36/65Referee's report by George Clarke Simpson, on a paper 'The polarity of thunderclouds' by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland27 November 1927
RR/36/66Referee's report by George Clarke Simpson, on a paper 'The interchange of electricity between thunderclouds and the Earth' by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland27 November 1927
RR/42/42Referee's report by George Clarke Simpson, on a paper 'Thunder-storms and the penetrating radiation' by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson SchonlandSeptember 1930
RR/50/133Referee's report by Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, on a paper 'Progressive lightning' by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland and H CollensOctober 1933
RR/56/95Referee's report by Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, on a paper 'Progressive lightning—II' by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland, D J Malan and H Collens[June 1935]
RR/63/89Referee's report by Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, on a paper 'Progressive lightning IV-The discharge mechanism' by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson SchonlandOctober 1937
RR/67/144Referee's report by Edward Victor Appleton, on a paper 'The wave form of atmospherics at night' by J S Elder, Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland, D B Hodges, W E Phillips and J W Van WykMay 1940
RR/70/160Referee's report by Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, on a paper 'Progressive lightning. VII Directly-correlated photographic and electrical studies of lightning from near thunderstorms' by D J Malan and Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland1947
RR/68/438Second referee's report by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland, on a paper 'The initiation of long electrical discharges' by C E R Bruce30 April 1944
RR/68/437Referee's report by Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland, on a paper 'The initiation of long electrical discharges' by C E R Bruce13 November 1943
EC/1938/14Schonland, Sir Basil Ferdinand Jamieson: certificate of election to the Royal Society
RR/65/230Referee's report by Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, on a paper 'Progressive lightning V. A comparison of photographic and electrical studies of the discharge process' Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland, D B Hodges and H CollensJanuary 1938
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