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Sir James Hector and the growth of New Zealand science
Thu 16 March 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM NZDT
James Hector and the growth of New Zealand science - Celebrating James Hector’s 183rd Birthday
Sir James Hector was one of New Zealand’s most influential scientists, dominating the field for decades in the nineteenth century. Hector established the Colonial Museum which today is Te Papa, an earthquake-monitoring system that would eventually became GeoNet, and founded the New Zealand Institute which is today’s Royal Society of New Zealand.
Join biographer, Simon Nathan on what would have been Hector’s 183rd birthday and learn how this giant of New Zealand research influenced the Society which itself turns 150 in 2017.
Simon is a geologist and science historian who spent much of his career at GNS Science, the successor to the New Zealand Geological Survey founded by James Hector. He has also been science editor at Te Ara and the author of James Hector: Explorer, scientist, leader.
$5 ticket price includes either a glass of wine or a non-alcoholic beverage.
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Royal Society of New Zealand
Te Whare Apārangi, 11 Turnbull Street
Wellington, Wellington 6011