Professor The Honourable
Barry Jones AC FAA FTSE FAHA FASSA
Elected in 1996
The University of Melbourne
Science PolicyDemographyInformation Theory
Citation at year of election
Dr Barry Jones was elected as a Member of the House of Representatives in 1977 and served as the Minister for Science in the Hawke government from 1983 to 1990.
He was formerly a public servant, high school teacher, barrister and solicitor of the Victorian Supreme Court, arts administrator, university lecturer and member of the Victorian Parliament (1972-77). He also worked extensively in radio and television. In 1986 he received the Raymond Longford Award for his work reviving the Australian Film Industry.
In 1992, Dr Jones was elected National President of the ALP. He was Vice-President of the World Heritage Committee from 1995 to 1996 and a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO in Paris from 1991 until 1995.
Dr Jones has written extensively on a wide range of subjects, including on technology and society, history and philosophy of science, archaeology, Antarctica and ecologically sustainable development. Barry Jones Bay in the Australian Antarctic Territory and Yalkaparidon jonesi, an extinct marsupial, were named after him. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 1993.