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Jeff Tallon, Distinguished Scientist and senior research scientist with the HTS[?] conductors and devices group, was named a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the 2009 Queen’s Birthday Honour’s List. The honour acknowledges his services to science in a career spanning 40 years.
In recognition of his work enabling the creation of a new, high-value HTS[?] industry for New Zealand, Jeff Tallon has now been jointly awarded, with Dr Bob Buckley, the inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Prize for outstanding achievement in science.
Jeff is most well known for his research, beginning in the 1980s, into the highly unusual properties of high-temperature superconductors. He and his colleagues in the HTS group have discovered and patented many novel HTS materials, including the only material currently being developed for cables, magnets, motors and transformers.
Jeff served as Deputy Chair of the Marsden Fund in 1999-2001, introducing the Fast Start programmes for young and emerging researchers. He received the Rutherford Medal in 2002 and is currently a member of the National Science Panel which promoted the establishment of the Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister.