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Hot Science Cool Tales - James Hector


Thu 1 Oct 2015, 6:30pm–7:30pm

Where: Lower Hutt War Memorial Library, Cnr Queens Drive and Woburn Road, Lower Hutt, Wellington Region

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Listed by: HuttCityLibraries

Hear Simon Nathan speak about his book, 'James Hector: Explorer, Scientist, Leader', which describes the life and work of this multi-talented man and the organisations he founded.

James Hector was the dominant scientific personality in nineteenth century New Zealand. A trusted government advisor, he also founded the Geological Survey (now GNS Science), and Colonial Museum (now Te Papa).

Hector has a special connection with the Hutt Valley because he moved his family to a property in the western Hutt hills in 1882, and commuted daily into Wellington. He was one of the most prominent settlers in the Hutt Valley, and the site of his home, “Ratanui” is now a public reserve.

This is the fifth talk in the Hot Science Cool Tales series run in conjunction with GNS Science.