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Sir Paul Terence Callaghan, GNZM, FRS, FRSNZ (born 1947) is a New Zealand physicist who, as the founding director of the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology at Victoria University of Wellington, holds the position of Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Physical Sciences and is also president of the International Society of Magnetic Resonance[1].

A native of Wanganui, Paul Callaghan took his first degree in physics at Victoria University of Wellington and subsequently earned a DPhil degree at the University of Oxford, working in low temperature physics. On his return to New Zealand in 1974, he took up a lecturing position at Massey University where he began researching the applications of magnetic resonance to the study of soft matter. He was made Professor of Physics in 1984, and was appointed Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Physical Sciences in 2001. The following year, as its founding director, he helped establish the multi-university MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology.

Callaghan is past president of the Academy Council of the Royal Society of New Zealand and has published over 240 articles in scientific journals as well as a 1994 book, Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Microscopy. He is also a founding director and shareholder of Magritek, a small spin-off company based in Wellington, which sells nuclear magnetic resonance instruments. He is a regular public speaker on science matters and, in 2007, one of his radio series appeared in book form, As Far as We Know: Conversations about Science, Life and the Universe. A 2009 book, "Wool to Weta: Transforming New Zealand's Culture and Economy", deals with the potential for science and technology entrepreneurialism to diversify New Zealand's economy. He is also the presenter of a concurrent documentary, "Beyond the Farm and the Themepark"[2], which deals with the same issues.

In 2001 Callaghan became the 36th New Zealander to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. He was awarded the Ampere Prize in 2004 and the Rutherford Medal in 2005. He was appointed a Principal Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2006 and in 2007 was recognised by a KEA/NZTE World Class New Zealander Award[3] and the Sir Peter Blake Medal.[4] He was awarded a 2 year James Cook Research Fellowship by the Royal Society for New Zealand in 2008.

Publications

  • Callaghan, P. (1994). Principles of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Microscopy. Oxford University Press.
  • Callaghan, P. and Hill, K. (2007). As Far as We Know: Conversations about Science, Life and the Universe. Penguin.
  • Callaghan, P. (2009). Wool to Weta: Transforming New Zealand's Culture and Economy. Auckland University Press.

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