Title: Retired Physics Professor
Location: Robina, Queensland, Australia
Veronica Jean James, PhD, Retired Physics Professor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in physics education.
Having accrued more than six decades of professional expertise in the educational sector, Dr. James most recently served the Australian National University as an adjunct professor in the Research School of Chemistry from 1999 until commencing her retirement in 2019. Between 1997 and 2003, she had also been a visiting fellow at the University of Western Australia and a visiting associate professor of physics at Sydney University. Alongside her teaching, Dr. James has dedicated her career to conducting pivotal research, including research in changes in the diffraction pattern of hair in colon cancer and IDDM, in the diffraction pattern of breast tissue associated with the development of breast cancer, and in changes in the diffraction patterns of fetal skin and tendon.
Matriculating at the University of Queensland, Dr. James earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1955 and a Bachelor of Science in 1966. Shortly thereafter, she attained a Doctor of Philosophy in physics from the University of New South Wales in 1969. At the start of her career, she was a senior mathematics mistress at the Girls’ Grammar School, Loreto Convent, and Edgecliff between 1956 and 1966 before pivoting to higher education. From there, Dr. James joined the University of New South Wales, where she excelled as a senior physics tutor, lecturer, and senior lecturer of physics, head of the Rex Vowels Low Angle Diffraction Laboratory, and associate professor through 1999.
Finding great success in her endeavors, Dr. James has been the recipient of numerous awards and accolades, including the International Scientist of the Year Award from 2011. In addition, she took home the International Scientist of the Year Medal in 2004, the Barry Preston Award in 2001, and the Scientist of the Year Award in 1999. Even earlier, she was granted the Sydney Electricity Community Spirit Award in 1995, the Australian Deafness Awareness Council Award in 1992, and the Quota South Pacific Breast Cancer Research Award in 1992. Presently, Dr. James maintains affiliation with Quota International and the Royal Society of Australia.
Reflecting on her illustrious career, Dr. James is most proud of being able to pick up and cure an 18-year-old male of his prostate cancer before needed a prostatectomy. Looking ahead, she hopes to conduct more research specifically on pancreatic and ovarian cancer, with the hopes to ultimately cease double mastectomies. To attest to her legacy, Dr. James is also listed in the 11th and 12th editions of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and the 30th through 33rd editions of Who’s Who in the World.
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