Raymond (Ray) Jones

By March 11th, 2011


Raymond Jones was educated at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth and the University of Cambridge. He obtained a PhD from the University of New England, Armidale in 1973.

After training in tropical agriculture at the University College of the West Indies in Trinidad, he spent four years in Kenya as an agricultural officer with the British Colonial Service.

In 1960, Jones was recruited to work at the Cunningham Laboratory in Brisbane by Dr Jack Davies, the then Chief of the CSIRO Division of Tropical Pastures. The whole of his time in Australia he worked for this Division and iterations of it.

His main research interests were in the development of sown pastures, firstly in the sub-tropics then in the tropics when he was moved to the CSIRO Davies Laboratory in Townsville in 1976.

Dr Jones was appointed Assistant Chief of the Division in 1982, and he served as Acting Chief from 1984 until 1986. He retired in 1998, but continued working as an Honorary Research Fellow at the CSIRO Davies Laboratory with the Division of Sustainable Ecosystems which had accommodated part of the Division of Tropical Crops and Pastures.

Honours and awards

Dr Jones received a number of awards and honours associated with his role in discovering a biological solution to the leucaena toxicity problem, including:


North Australia Beef Research Council (NABRC) Medal


Medal of the Order of Australia


USA American Biographical Institute – Leading Intellectuals of the World – Medal


Australian Centenary Medal


International Biographical Centre, Cambridge ‘ Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century Medal


Fellowship of the Tropical Grassland Society of Australia


Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering


Inaugural CSIRO Medal for Research Achievement


Urrbrae Memorial Award


Fellowship of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science


Jones RJ, 2008, Personal communication.