Coleridge Farr

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Farr in 1907

Clinton Coleridge Farr (22 May 1866 – 27 January 1943) was a New Zealand geophysicist, electrical engineer and university professor.

He was born the son of George Henry Farr, headmaster of the Collegiate School of St Peter in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia on 22 May 1866 and educated at the University of Adelaide, University College, London and the University of Sydney. [1]

Parr tutored at Sydney and then Adelaide from 1893 to 1896, when he was appointed lecturer in mathematics and physics at Lincoln Agricultural College, Christchurch, New Zealand. As Director of the Christchurch Magnetic Observatory (1899–1903) he organised a magnetic survey of New Zealand and was awarded the first science D.Sc by the University of Adelaide. [2]

As Lecturer in Physics and Surveying at Canterbury College, Christchurch Farr was a member of the 1907 Sub-Antarctic Islands Scientific Expedition.[3] He was created Professor of Physics at Canterbury College in 1911.[1]

In 1919 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand, winning their Hector Medal in 1922 and serving as their president from 1929 to 1930. In 1928 he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London. [1]

He retired in 1936 and died in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1943. He had married Maud Ellen Haydon in 1903 and had a son.[2]


  1. ^ a b c "Fellow Details". Royal Society. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Farr, Clinton Coleridge (1866–1943)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 20 January 2017. 
  3. ^ Campbell, John. "Clinton Coleridge Farr". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 1 December 2011.