James Hector: explorer, scientist, leader


Author: Simon Nathan Year: 2015, reprinted 2016 Format: Softcover Series: GSNZ Miscellaneous Publication Series volume: 140 ISBN: 978-1-877480-46-1 ISSN: 2230-4487

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This is the story of James Hector (1834-1907), explorer and geologist, who dominated 19th century science in New Zealand. His many achievements include setting up the Colonial Museum (now Te Papa), standardising New Zealand time, and introducing conifers such as radiata pine and macrocarpa to New Zealand. He started a national earthquake-recording system, the forerunner of today's GeoNet, and was one of the first observers to report on the disastrous 1886 Tarawera eruption.