Four from Otago named as fel­lows of NZ Royal So­ci­ety

Otago Daily Times - - DUNEDIN - JOHN GIBB

UNIVER­SITY of Otago Fac­ulty of Law dean Prof Mark He­naghan, Prof Paul Tre­bilco, Dr Nick Mor­timer, and Prof Richard McDow­ell have been named as fel­lows of the Royal So­ci­ety of New Zealand.

The so­ci­ety also named 12 other fel­lows from else­where in the coun­try, and an hon­orary fel­low, in the lat­est an­nual an­nounce­ment.

A so­ci­ety spokesman said Prof He­naghan was ‘‘New Zealand’s lead­ing fam­ily law scholar’’ and had had a ‘‘ma­jor im­pact on the ju­di­cial sys­tem, leg­isla­tive re­form and le­gal prac­tice’’ in this coun­try.

Prof Tre­bilco, of the de­part­ment of the­ol­ogy and re­li­gion, had made orig­i­nal con­tri­bu­tions in three main ar­eas, in­clud­ing Jewish com­mu­ni­ties in Asia Mi­nor; and early Chris­tians in the city of Eph­e­sus, mod­ern­day Tur­key.

Prof McDow­ell, of AgRe­search, In­ver­may, and Lin­coln Univer­sity, was an in­ter­na­tional au­thor­ity on the man­age­ment of con­tam­i­nant losses from agri­cul­tural land and their im­pact in fresh­wa­ter, par­tic­u­larly phos­pho­rus.

Dr Mor­timer, of GNS Science, Dunedin, is a ge­ol­o­gist who has played a key role in ex­plor­ing, re­veal­ing and pro­mot­ing the con­ti­nent of Zealan­dia.

The foun­da­tion for this had been his mul­ti­fac­eted work on the older crys­talline rocks of on­land New Zealand, in­clud­ing their re­la­tion­ships with Aus­tralia and the Antarc­tic.

The fel­low­ships recog­nised ‘‘in­ter­na­tional dis­tinc­tion in re­search and schol­ar­ship’’, so­ci­ety or­gan­is­ers said.

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