Sir Paul Callaghan succumbed today to his colon cancer. Probably not a household name, but he was one of the greatest scientists.
He was made a Professor in his 30s and later established the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. Amongst his many prizes were the Ampere Prize and Rutherford Medal. He was the Kiwibank 2011 New Zealander of the Year.
His full list of qualifications and honours were BSc(Hons) DPhil DSc Oxf GNZM FRS FRSNZ FInstP FNZIP.
He wasn’t just a scientist though, but also was an expert in the commercial use of science and technology.
Condolences to his family and friends.