After graduating, Jack began research in physics at Edinburgh University under George Carse. He spent session 1923-24 at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, U.S.A. where he was appointed as Associate Professor of Mathematics. He returned to Scotland in 1924 when appointed as a Carnegie Teaching Fellow in the Natural Philosophy Department at the University of St Andrews. He was promoted to Lecturer in 1930 and then Reader in 1948. He lectured to me [EFR] in 1961-62 when I took the General Class in Natural Philosophy at St Andrews. He retired in 1963.
Jack was a member of the Edinburgh Mathematical Society, joining in December 1920 immediately after graduating from Edinburgh with his first degree. He was also a fellow of the Institute of Physics and a member of the St Andrews Preservation Society. He was elected to the Royal Society of Edinburgh on 3 March 1930, his proposers being Herbert Stanley Allen, Herbert Westren Turnbull, William Saddler, Charles Glover Barkla.
An obituary, written by E T Copson, appears in the Royal Society of Edinburgh Year Book 1976, pages 54-55.
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David Jack married Isabel Grace Jack in 1927; they had two sons.
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