Some Contributions:
A nonrelativistic quantum mechanical model for the internal conversion of
gamma rays in nuclear transitions.
Applications of what is now known as the HartreeFock
approximation for many electron atoms.
Papers on a variety of topics in theoretical physics; a selection
is listed below.
The influential and widely used text
Methods of Mathematical Physics coauthored with
husband Harold.
Encouragement, inspiration, and training for many men and women studying
mathematics and physics.
Some Publications:
"The Internal Conversion of Gamma Rays"
Proc.
Roy. Soc.
116: 491 (1927) and "The Internal Conversion of Gamma Rays  Part II"
Proc. Roy. Soc. 121: 447
(1928)
"The Absorption Coefficient of a Degenerate Gas" Mon. Not. R. Astr. Soc.
91:
857 (1931)
"The Coefficients of Absorption and Opacity of a Partially Degenerate Gas"
Proc. Roy. Soc. A 141: 554 (1933)
"The Relativistic SelfConsistent Field" Proc. Roy. Soc. A 152: 625 (1935)
"The Relativistic Interaction of Two Electrons in the SelfConsistent Field
Method" Proc. Roy. Soc. A 157: 680 (1936)
"The Effect of Configuration Interaction on the Low Terms of the
Spectra of Oxygen" Proc.
Camb.Phil. Soc. 33: 240 (1937) with D. R. Hartree; and "SelfConsistent
Field, Including Exchange and Superposition of Configurations,
with some Results for Oxygen" Phil. Trans Roy. Soc. A 238: 229 (1939)
with D. R. Hartree and W. Hartree.
The above papers were published under her maiden name
Bertha Swirles.
"Note on an Anomaly in the Spectrum of O^{++}" Proc. Camb. Philos.
Soc. 38: 290 (1942) "Note on the Transparency of a Potential
Barrier." ibid., 38: 401 (1942) "The Classification of Multipole
Radiation." ibid., 48: 470 (1952) "The Use of the Airy
Functions in a Potential Barrier Problem." ibid., 52: 273 (1956).
"Transformation of Tesseral Harmonics under Rotation."
Geophys. J. R. Astr. Soc. 10: 141 (1965) "Tidal Friction
in Historical Time and in the Remote Past." ibid.,
73: 765 (1983).
Books:
Methods of Mathematical Physics with Harold Jeffreys;
Cambridge University Press 1946, 1950, 1956 (reprinted
1962, 1966) paperback 1972.
Translation from the Russian of Nutation and
Forced Motion of the Earth's Pole by Ye. P. Fedorov;
Pergamon Press, 1963.
Collected Papers of Sir Harold Jeffreys on Geophysics and Other Science
Vols. 36, Sir Harold Jeffreys and Bertha Swirles (Lady Jeffreys), ed.;
Gordon and Breach Science Publishers, New York and London, 197177.
First Class Honours, Mathematical Tripos Parts I (1922) and II (1924),
Cambridge University.
President of Mathematical Association
196970.
Chairman of Council of Hughes Hall 19581962.
President, Cambridge Association of University Women 19751979.
Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Honorary Doctor of Science, University of Saskatchewan 1995.
Honorary Degree of Doctor of the University, The Open
University (UK) 1996.
Jobs/Positions
192728
Hertha Aryton Research Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge
192831 Assistant Lecturer, University of Manchester
193132 Assistant Lecturer, University of Bristol
193233 Assistant Lecturer, Imperial College, London
193338 Lecturer in Applied Mathematics, University of Manchester
193869 Official Fellow and Lecturer in Mathematics, Girton College, Cambridge
194969 Director of Studies in Mathematics and Mechanical Sciences,
Girton College, Cambridge
196669 ViceMistress, Girton College, Cambridge
1970 Life Fellow, Girton College, Cambridge
Northampton School for Girls 191521
B.A. Girton College, Cambridge University 1924
Studied at Göttingen University 192728
Ph.D. Cambridge University 1929
_{}Additional Information/Comments
Her father, who died in 1905, was a leather salesman, and
her mother a primary school teacher.
From a letter dated April 9, 1997:
Married (Sir) Harold Jeffreys Sept. 6, 1940.
Director of Studies in Music, Girton College, Cambridge 193947
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