James Hector and the growth of New Zealand science – Celebrating James Hector’s 183rd Birthday

Simon Nathan

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.

WELLINGTON | 6pm Thursday 16 March
Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi, 11 Turnbull St, Thorndon
Tickets $5 including wine or non-alcoholic drink

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