Professor Sir Paul Callaghan

A tribute to our colleague and friend, Professor Sir Paul Callaghan

It is with the utmost sadness that I have to inform you that our colleague and friend, Professor Sir Paul Callaghan, has died today after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Paul's acievements are well known; he received national and international recognition at the highest level during his illustrious career as a physicist. He was knighted in 2009 and was named New Zealander of the Year in 2011.

Paul was an inspiration to us all, as a colleague and a teacher he will be deeply missed by staff and students alike; as a scientist he was passionate about his research and achieved at the highest levels possible, and he did not just talk about the value of his science, he applied it to form a world class technology start-up company; as a communicator he had an outstanding talent for conveying the excitement and value of science to all he met; most of all he had a vision for New Zealand that we could be a place where "talent wants to live".

I know we will all miss him deeply. 


David Bibby

Pro Vice-Chancellor & Dean,
Science Faculty Office