Frank Lancaster Jones was born in Newcastle, Australia in 1937. Jones completed his BA (Honours) at the University of Sydney in 1957 with a major in anthropology, before going on to complete his PhD in demography at the Australian National University in 1962. Immediately after this, Jones was awarded an Australian National University Travelling Fellowship, which took him to the London School of Economics. Returning to Australia in 1963, Jones’ first appointment was to the newly established Department of Sociology in the Research School of Social Sciences, and took up the editorship of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Sociology (1970-1972)—a post to which he would later return as co-editor (1990-1993). In 1972 Jones was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of Sociology, where he would remain as Professor of Sociology until 2001. During this time, Jones published widely on topics from ethnic stratification to national identity, and multiculturalism. His key publications include Opportunity and Attainment in Australia (1967) and Models of Society: Class, Stratification and Gender in Australia and New Zealand (1986). In addition, Jones has acted as a consultant to a number of government commissions and programs concerning issues of Aboriginal affairs, city development, multiculturalism and education. In 1974, Jones was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. His most recent appointment was as Adjunct Professor in the School of Social Science at the University of Queensland (2001-2012).