Author(s): Simon Nathan
2015 is the 150th anniversary of Hector's appointment as the first government scientist in New Zealand. Generously illustrated with historic images of New Zealand natural history. Describes the founding of several important New Zealand organisations.
This is the first biography about this extraordinary man. James Hector has been hugely influential in New Zealand’s scientific arena, establishing wide number of important New Zealand scientific institutions. Easily read and supported by interesting photographs, illustrations and artefacts, this book builds a picture of the man, his many scientific achievements and enduring influence. - Sarah
SIMON NATHAN is a geologist and writer with a fascination for the scientists who gradually came to understand the unique features of the New Zealand environment. Much of his career has been at GNS Science (where he is now an emeritus scientist), and he has also been science editor for Te Ara, the online Encyclopedia of New Zealand. As well as technical publications, he has written biographies of Harold Wellman (the man who discovered the Alpine Fault) and Joseph Divis (mining town photographer).