Sir Graham Liggins FRS FRSNZ 1926 – 2010

Sir Graham (Mont) Liggins passed away on 24 August 2010 after a long illness. Mont was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1976 and awarded the prestigious Hector Medal in 1980. In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, working out of National Women’s Hospital and The University of Auckland, Mont Liggins made a series of highly original observations that totally changed our understanding of pregnancy and birth. Importantly, he made discoveries which led him to develop the first treatment which made it possible for babies who were born prematurely, with lungs that were not functioning properly, to have a chance to breathe and survive.

Professor Sir Peter Gluckman pays tribute to his friend and mentor. Read more…