NZ Herald: Dedicated scientists scoop PM’s award

Andrew Koubaridis writes in the New Zealand Herald about the winners of the inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, in particular the winners of the top award, given for their work on high temperature superconductors: Dr Jeff Tallon and Dr Bob Buckley.

The article also looks at the winners of the other prizes.

An excerpt: (read in full here)

“Through their research, the scientists have established world-leading export businesses in high-temperature superconductor products.

“Their breakthrough allows for smaller, lighter, more efficient machines and more environmentally friendly technology that could give companies savings in everything from power transmission to manufacturing.

“Prime Minister John Key, who presented the awards, said New Zealand would have to tap into the “brainpower” of scientists such as Dr Tallon and Dr Buckley if it was going to be a better country “on a number of fronts”.”