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James Hector

James Hector

Sir James Hector was the first government scientist in New Zealand. Although trained as a doctor, he set up a national geological survey in 1865, and was used by the government as an adviser on many scientific and technical issues. Hector was keenly interested in all areas of science, as emphasised in this 1903 caricature at the time of his retirement.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: B-094-015
Chromolithograph by Walter Armiger Bowring

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Simon Nathan, 'Research institutions - Developing research organisations', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 February 2024)

Story by Simon Nathan, published 22 Oct 2014