Royal Society of New Zealand 2012 Distinguished Speaker Sir Richard Friend FRS, Cavendish Professor of Physics at Cambridge University, tells the story of how unexpected discoveries can lead to new technologies. He talks about his research into organic polymers, which can take on the electronic properties utilised in digital displays and solar cells.
The first of our 10x10 lecture series with Professor James Sneyd from the University of Auckland. He explains how mathematics can give insight into how human cells work and also gives an overview of how mathematics is currently contributing to modern science and industry in New Zealand.
Professor Christine Winterbourn, 2011 winner of the Royal Society of New Zealand Rutherford Medal, presents the annual Rutherford Lecture on her work on how free radicals are generated in the body as part of normal biological processes. She also talks about some of her applied work with premature babies and touches on antioxidants for health.
The inaugural MacDiarmid Medal was presented to Dr Gary Evans of Industrial Research Ltd on 16 November 2011. Dr Evans is a chemist who have pioneered the design and synthesis of new pharmaceuticals for the treatment of major diseases. The medal is named after Nobel Prize winner Professor Alan MacDiarmid who was a New Zealander.
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.