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Intelligence Pioneer R. V. Jones Dies

December 29, 1997

Reginald V. Jones, called the ``father of modern scientific and technical intelligence'' by former Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey, died of cardiac arrest on December 17, 1997 at a hospital in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was 86 years old.

Mr. Jones was a professor of Natural Philosophy at the University of Abederdeen since 1946 and a Professor Emeritus since 1981. He served as Assistant Director of the Royal Air Force Intelligence Section during World War II. Among the many accomplishments in his lifetime, Mr. Jones developed methods to foil the Germans' radar and their radio-beam targeting of bomb sites in Britain. In 1993 the Central Intelligence Agency honored him with a perpetual intelligence medal in his name.

Director of Central Intelligence George J. Tenet called R. V. Jones ``an extraordinarily gifted scientist whose ingenuity and resourcefulness contributed greatly to the Allied victory in World War II. His pioneering work and remarkable achievements remain an inspiration to everyone in the intelligence profession. The prestigious award that bears his name will continue to be presented to persons who, like R. V. Jones, personify scientific acumen, applied with art in the cause of freedom.''

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