The amazing world of James Hector

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Nathan, S.; Varnham, M. (eds) 2008 The amazing world of James Hector. 1st ed. Wellington: Awa Press. 185 p.

Abstract: Within seven and a half years of arriving in New Zealand, James Hector had founded all the country’s major scientific institutions and was in charge of them all. Today these institutions – under their modern names the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa the Royal Society of New Zealand and GNS Science – still form the scientific backbone of New Zealand. He was also an inspired scientist, who researched and wrote on numerous topics, from the geology of coal fields to the fossil skeletons of whales. He was an avid botanist – thirteen plant species bear his name – and as a geologist he produced maps of enduring quality. (auth/DG)

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