Late physicist wins top award
Fri, 01 Jun 2012 6:31a.m.
By 3 News staff
The late physicist Sir Paul Callaghan has been named Supreme Winner at the World Class New Zealand Awards.
The awards, established in 2003, recognise New Zealand innovators and entrepreneurs who have made a significant contribution to the country's growth and development.
Sir Paul, who died in March aged 64, dedicated his life to changing the way people think about science.
His work involved research into nanotechnology and magnetic resonance.
He spoke about the award from his hospital bed shortly before his death.
Sir Paul, who formed the renowned MacDiarmid Institute, said he hoped that through his work, he could inspire another generation of scientists.
He was also named New Zealander of the Year in 2011.
Dame Kiri Te Kanawa was named Iconic New Zealander of the Year at the World Class New Zealand Awards last night at the Langham Hotel in Auckland.
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