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.