NZ Herald/Dom Post: Science Honours Dinner 2009

Eloise Gibson of the New Zealand Herald and Kiran Chug of the Dominion Post report on the top science award given to NZ scientist Professor Peter Hunter at the Royal Society’s annual Science Honours Dinner.

The Rutherford Medal, which comes with $100,000 in prize money,is the country’s top science award, and was given to Professor Hunter in recognition of his work developing the world’s first computer model of a human heart.  Professor Hunter is now director of the Auckland Bioengineering Institute, where work continues to model the other 12 major organ systems of the human body, starting from the genes and building up.

A number of other scientists also scooped awards recognising excellence in technology, earth sciences, leadership, social sciences, and writing, amongst others.

News coverage:

NZ Herald: Revolutionary medical work wins scientist $100,000 prize

Dominion Post: Top science award goes to computer modeller