Women scientists in New Zealand

14 October 2014 is Ada Lovelace Day. Its aim is "Celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths".

Here is a set of images of New Zealand women in science, including this nice shot of Lucy Moore.

Lucy Beatrice Moore, botanist, looking at a plant specimen with a microscope. Negatives of the Evening Post newspaper. Ref: EP/1959/2018-F. Alexander Turnbull Library, Wellington, New Zealand. http://natlib.govt.nz/records/23502635

Cover of Flora of New ZealandBotanist and ecologist Lucy Moore is remembered especially for her botanical work on Flora of New Zealand (1961). She has a local connection - in 1960 she moved to Lincoln with the Botany Division. Volume Two of Flora of New Zealand was published in 1970, and was co-written with Elizabeth Edgar.

She received many awards and honours for her work. Lucy played her part in Auckland, Wellington and Canterbury botanical societies and was known to be "unstintingly helpful to all who were interested in botany, and was especially good with children".

The Dictionary of New Zealand Biography encapsulates her work:

Lucy Moore was sometimes called ‘the mother of New Zealand botany’ and few botanists may ever again equal her range of expertise. She once recalled, ‘we were jacks, or jills, of many trades’. Much more than this, hers was a many-sided expertise, inspired by a vision, and practised with dedication.

For interesting reading on New Zealand women scientists, try:

There are some excellent biographies in the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand including:

A modern science success story is Professor Christine Winterbourn. In 2011, she became the first woman to win the Rutherford Medal. Her citation read:

To Christine Coe Winterbourn for seminal discoveries in free radical biology, promotion of rigorous standards in research, and fostering excellent scientific education.

Her Rutherford Lecture in 2012 was: Life with Oxygen – a Battle against Free Radicals.

Viva New Zealand women in science, one and all.

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