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Our Heritage Scientists

You can understand how science knowledge and ideas change over time by looking at the lives and work of past scientists.

Each featured New Zealand scientist is revealed through a people profile and a timeline that lets you see aspects of their life and work, and how these fit into a wider science picture.

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Explore this science story

Frank Evison

Alan MacDiarmid

Joan Wiffen

Athol Rafter

Beatrice Hill Tinsley

The five heritage scientists currently featured are Beatrice Hill Tinsley, cosmologist, Athol Rafter, nuclear chemist, Joan Wiffen, paleontologist, Alan MacDiarmid, chemist, and Frank Evison, geophysicist. More people will be added to this Science Story over time.

Use the timelines to explore:

  • the earlier science that may have influenced each featured scientist and what effect their work had on later scientists
  • how the work of each featured scientist, and others, helped change themes and theories in their specialised field
  • some of the other things that might have influenced each scientist, such as aspects of their life or attitudes of society – you can do your own research into historical events that might have been an influence too.

Science Learning Hub Survey 2014

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You're invited to participate in an online survey about the New Zealand Science Learning Hub. This survey was designed to help Hub staff enhance and develop further the site. This is different from our November 2013 survey, so even if you took part in that survey, we would appreciate you taking this survey as well.

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