Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (New Zealand)
|Dissolved||1 April 1992|
|Employees||2,000 in 1976|
DSIR was founded in 1926 by Ernest Marsden after calls from Ernest Rutherford for government to support education and research and on the back of the Imperial Economic Conference in London in October and November 1923, when various colonies discussed setting up such departments. It initially received funding from sources such as the Empire Marketing Board. The initial plans also included a new agricultural college, to be jointly founded by Auckland and Victoria University Colleges, Palmerston North was chosen as the site for this and it grew to become Massey University.
DSIR initially had five divisions:
- Grasslands in Palmerston North
- Plant Diseases in Auckland
- Entomology, attached to the Cawthron Institute in Nelson
- Soil Survey (later Soil Bureau) in Taita
- Agronomy (later Crop Research Division) in Lincoln
- Geophysics Division from 1951
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- Department of Scientific and Industrial Research entry in the 1966 edition of the Encyclopaedia of New Zealand