Richard Blaikie Honoured
President of the Royal Society of New Zealand, Sir David Skegg FRSNZ, says it is important to recognise the achievements of New Zealand’s top scientists and scholars. “These medallists have all made major advances in their varied fields: anthropology, architecture, engineering, biology, chemistry, sociology and physics. High-quality research in science, technology, and the humanities is vital for the economic and social advancement of New Zealand.
The Hector Medal for the advancement of physical sciences was awarded to Professor Richard Blaikie FRSNZ, University of Otago, for his fundamental and wide-ranging contributions to the field of nano-optics, showing that light can be manipulated at scales much smaller than its wavelength and providing a world-first demonstration of a controversial superlens system using subwavelength techniques.
Congratulations to Richard and all other medal winners. A full list of winners and complete media statement can be found here.