R. V. Jones was born in London and educated at Oxford, where he studied under Frederick Lindemann, Churchill's scientific advisor. From 1939 to 1946 he was Head of Scientific Intelligence on Britain's Air Staff and Scientific Advisor to M16. He as awarded the Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1942 and the Companion of the Order of the Bath in 1946, and also holds two American medals-the Medal of Merit, awarded directly by the President, and the Medal of Freedom, for service tho the U.S. Navy and the U.S. 8th Air Force. From 1952 to 1954 he was Director of Scientific Intelligence at the Ministry of Defence. A Fellow of the Royal Society, Jones went on to become a Professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Aberdeen, where he also received an honorary DSc in 1996. He died in 1997.