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Jack Erskine: Physicist, Engineer, and Investment Wizard.


Fri 7 May 2010, 4:00pm–5:00pm

Where: University of Canterbury, Ilam Road, Ilam, Christchurch

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: joangladwyn

Jack Erskine is regarded as Santa Claus by the Faculties of Science, Engineering and Forestry, and Commerce at the University of Canterbury, because his most generous bequest of 1960 funds their Erskine Fellowships.

Known at the University only as benefactor, he was also a published research physicist, an electrical engineer in the power industry, a linguist, a chess champion, an investor of remarkable ability - and a scrooge. At Canterbury College he followed Ernest Rutherford by a year, working on an off-shoot of Rutherford's electrical researches.

Jack died 50 years ago on April 27th. This illustrated talk covers his life and work, and, in particular, what shaped the thinking behind his bequest.

The speaker, Dr. John Campbell, a retired University of Canterbury physicist, and author of "Rutherford Scientist Supreme" and, first studied Jack Erskine in the late '70s and is still the only person to have done so.

This lecture will take place on Friday 7 May from 4:00 – 5:00pm in the S3 lecture theatre at the University of Canterbury. Refreshments will be available from 3:30pm.

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