New Zealand’s top science and technology honour, the Rutherford Medal, was awarded in 2011 to the first woman in the medal’s 20-year history. Biochemist Professor Christine Winterbourn from the University of Otago, Christchurch, won it for her work on free radicals spanning four decades. The medal is awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand and includes a cash prize of $100,000 from the Government.

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