Rutherford Medal (Royal Society of New Zealand)

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For other similarly named awards, see Rutherford Medal

The Rutherford Medal (known as the Gold Medal until 2000) is the premier award of the Royal Society of New Zealand, and has been awarded annually since 1991 in recognition of people who have made outstanding contributions to New Zealand society and culture in science, mathematics, social science, and technology. The medal is funded by the New Zealand government.

It is named after Ernest Rutherford, the New Zealand experimental physicist and Nobel laureate who pioneered the orbital theory of the atom.

The Royal Society of New Zealand has also awarded the Hector Memorial Medal since 1915.



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  8. ^ "Medals awarded to top New Zealand researchers". 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011. "The country’s highest science and technology honour, the Rutherford Medal, was awarded to biochemist Professor Christine Winterbourn FRSNZ from the University of Otago, Christchurch, for her outstanding achievements and discoveries in free radical biology which have established her as a leading world authority in this field. Together with the medal awarded by the Royal Society of New Zealand, she also received $100,000 from the Government." 

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