On Friday last week, in Auckland, the winners for this year’s Prime Minister’s Science Prizes were announced, with Sir Paul Callaghan and his team winning the top prize ($500,00) for their work in magnetic resonance innovation.
Callaghan’s company, Magritek, is considered a world leader in the field of magnetic resonance imaging, which has applications in a number of fields, particularly medicine.
The other winners of prizes were:
Science Media Communications Prize: Cornel de Ronde (geologist), for his work in telling the public about his discoveries in some of the most remote places on earth
MacDiarmid Emerging Scientist Prize: Donna Rose Addis (neuroscientist), for her work in researching how the brain stores and retrieves memory
Science Teacher Prize: Steve Martin (secondary school teacher), for his work developing virtual science lessons
Future Scientist Prize: Bailey Lovett (secondary school student), for her work in faecal contamination levels in mussels/cockles after flooding or high rainfall
NZ Herald: Science guru’s other first prize – life
Saturday Morning with Kim Hill: Andrew Coy: Magnetic Research
Manawatu Standard: Scientists urged to commercialise research ideas
Dominion Post: Accounts of the deep earn geologist award
Nelson Mail: PM’s science prize for MRI innovator
Sunday Morning with Chris Laidlaw: Dr Cornel de Ronde: Prime Minister’s Science Prize Winner
Otago Daily Times: $50,000 for scientist in making