Dr David Rayner Hunkin Jones

Life Fellow
President 2010-2014
Acting Master Lent Term 2010
D Jones

David came to Christ's from Neath Grammar School in 1964 to read Natural Sciences, specialising in Materials Science.  In 1971 he was awarded a PhD in the Department of Metallurgy for research on interfacial energies in solid-liquid systems, and solidification/melting kinetics, including ice (a topic which is back in fashion with the role of sea- and land-based ice masses in climate change).  He was elected to a Research Fellowship at Christ's in 1971, and a Teaching Fellowship in 1974 on appointment to a University Demonstratorship in the Metallurgy Department.  In 1978 he moved to the Engineering Department, on appointment to a University Lectureship in engineering materials.  In College, he has served as Acting Master (Lent term 2010), President (2010-2014), Tutor, Director of Studies in Metallurgy, Director of Studies in Engineering, and Director of Studies in Music.  In the University he has served as Academic Secretary to the Faculty of Engineering, Syndic of the Local Examinations, Accommodation and Careers Syndicates, and a Director of Cambridge Education Consultants.  He is lead author of the textbooks Engineering Materials I and Engineering Materials II, currently in their fourth editions (Elsevier), was founder editor of the Elsevier journal Engineering Failure Analysis, and co-chair of Elsevier's International Conference on Engineering Failure Analysis, which is held every two years.  His research and professional work in engineering has centred on the failure mechanisms of materials, and the analysis and prevention of failures in structures and components.  He has acted as an expert witness in legal cases involving the failure of materials, e.g. Queensland Supreme Court - BHP Coal Pty Ltd & Ors v O&K Orenstein and Koppel AG & Ors 2008 QSC141, Queensland Supreme Court - Matton Developments Pty Ltd v CGU Insurance Ltd (No 2) 2015 QSC72, England & Wales High Court - Venetico Marine SA v  International General Insurance Co Ltd & 19 Others EWHC3644(Comm).   He is a strong believer in the importance of engineers and technicians to society, and is critical of the lack of status and support afforded to the engineering profession in this country.  He has a lifelong interest in music.  He was principal oboe with the National Youth Orchestra of Wales, and later played with the University Chamber Orchestra.  He then took up the baroque oboe, and was a founder member of the Academy of Ancient Music (Christopher Hogwood).  He has also played with the Deller Consort (Alfred Deller), English Concert (Trevor Pinnock), King's Consort (Robert King), Ars Nova (Peter Holman), Cambridge Baroque Camerata (Jonathan Hellyer Jones), Boxhill Festival (Susi Jeans), and broadcast on Radio Three.  He built his own 18th century oboes, oboes d'amore and oboes da caccia, based on original examples in museums and private ownership.  In his teens and twenties he raced classic wooden National 18-Foot sailing dinghies at Mumbles, and maintains a strong interest in sailing and classic boats.  He is also interested in Spanish language, history and culture, and the mountains and narrow-gauge railways of Wales.