Medal, Hector Memorial
A Hector Memorial Medal. The large bronze medal features a left facing profile of Sir James Hector. " SIR JAMES HECTOR KCMG MRS MD IN NEW ZEALAND MDCCCLXIV - MCMVII DO COMMHYORHDE DNH WORK OH " is marked around the edge. " BORN / MDCCCXXXM / DIED / MDCCCVII " is marked in small letters. "ALLIM d WYON" is marked near Hector's shoulder. The reverse features A Māori man kneeling holding a taiaha and surveying the landscape. A pair of huia, and a waka are visible with mountains in the background. Below the figure is a small semi-circle featuring various scientific instruments, a globe and a stack of books. " NEW ZEALAND INSTITUTE FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH " is marked around the outside. "AWARDED TO S.PERCY SMITH FOR RESEARCHES IN POLYNESIAN ETHNOLOGY 1920" is marked around the edge. The medal is held in a square presentation box lined with maroon velvet. The lid is lined with silk and marked "WYON/ 80 BOUNDARY ROAD / LONDON. N.W." is marked on it surmounted by a crown.
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From 1996 the Hector Medal has been awarded annually, in rotation, for mathematical and information sciences, chemical sciences and physical sciences to the investigator who, working within New Zealand, has undertaken work of great scientific or technological merit and made an outstanding contribution to the advancement of the particular branch of science and technology. In 1999, Council agreed that the Hector Medal will, from 2000, be awarded biennially.
The Hector Medal for 1999 (mathematical and information sciences) was awarded to Professor George A F Seber FRSNZ for fundamental contributions to statistical theory, for the development of the statistics profession in New Zealand, and for the advancement of statistics education through his teaching and writing." See: The Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi. http://www.royalsociety.org.nz/publications/reports/yearbooks/year1999/awards/