Famous New Zealander Scientists

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Ernest Rutherford
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Birthdate: August 30, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brightwater, New Zealand
Died: October 19, 1937

New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford is remembered as the father of nuclear physics. His discovery of radioactive half-life and of radon, and his differentiation of alpha and beta radiation, won him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908. Element 104 was named rutherfordium in his honor.

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Fred Hollows
(Ophthalmologist)

Fred Hollows
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Birthdate: April 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dunedin, New Zealand
Died: February 10, 1993

Fred Hollows became a renowned name in the field of ophthalmology after helping thousands of people see by restoring their sight. Born in New Zealand, Hollows later became an Australian citizen. He had initially aspired to join the clergy but had decided against it after visiting a mental institution.

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Vaughan Jones
(Mathematician)

Vaughan Jones
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Birthdate: December 31, 1952
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gisborne, New Zealand
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Alan MacDiarmid
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Birthdate: April 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Masterson, New Zealand
Died: February 7, 2007

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Roy Kerr
(Mathematician)

Roy Kerr
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Birthdate: May 16, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kurow, New Zealand

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William Hayward Pickering
(Engineer and physicist)

William Hayward Pickering
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Birthdate: December 24, 1910
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wellington, New Zealand
Died: March 15, 2004

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Ingrid Visser
(Marine biologist who studies orcas)

Ingrid Visser
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Birthdate: February 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lower Hutt, New Zealand
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Ronald Mathias Lockley
(Ornithologist)

Ronald Mathias Lockley
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Birthdate: November 8, 1903
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cardiff, United Kingdom
Died: April 12, 2000

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Paul Callaghan
(Physicist)

Paul Callaghan
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Birthdate: August 19, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Whanganui, New Zealand
Died: March 24, 2012

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Colin Murdoch
(Pharmacist, veterinary chemist, and inventor)

Colin Murdoch
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Birthdate: February 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Christchurch, New Zealand
Died: May 4, 2008