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Our name - Sir Paul Callaghan

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Our name celebrates New Zealand’s greatest scientist and 2011’s New Zealander of the Year.

Sir Paul Callaghan (1947–2012) was a world-leading, award-winning kiwi physicist specialising in nanotechnology and magnetic resonance.

A highly-respected and inspirational leader and teacher, Sir Paul championed science and business as being crucial to New Zealand’s economic growth.

His wish was for New Zealanders to get more value and return from their ingenuity by combining science, innovation and commercialisation.

Sir Paul’s vision for New Zealand was as a hub of smart, export-focused entrepreneurs, where a high quality lifestyle is achieved through excellence in education and R&D.

We share Sir Paul’s ambition for commercialising scientific research and his legacy inspires us to build New Zealand’s innovation capability and contribute to growing our innovation economy.

One hundred inspired New Zealand entrepreneurs can turn this country around. That is the challenge for us all.

Sir Paul Callaghan


Updated: 13 August 2015