Presidents of the Royal Society of New Zealand

See the Dictionary of New Zealand Biography for short biographies of many of the Society’s presidents.

  • Hutton, Captain Frederick Wollaston, FRS 1904–05
  • Hector, Sir James, KCMG MD FRS 1906–07
  • Thomson, Hon. George Malcolm, FRSNZ FLS MLC 1907–09
  • Hamilton, Augustus 1909–11
  • Cheeseman, Thomas Frederic, FNZI FLS FZS 1911–13
  • Chilton, Charles, MB CM MA DSc LLD FNZI FLS CMZS 1913–15
  • Petrie, Donald, MA PhD FNZI FLS 1915-16
  • Benham, Sir William Blaxland, KBE MA DSc FRS FRSNZ FZS 1916–18
  • Cockayne, Leonard, CMG PhD FRS FRSNZ FLS 1918–20
  • Easterfield, Sir Thomas Hill, KBE MA PhD FRSNZ FRIC FCS 1920–22
  • Kirk, Harry Borrer, MA FRSNZ 1922–24
  • Marshall, Patrick, MA DSc FRSNZ FGS FRGS FES 1924–26
  • Aston, Bernard Cracroft, FRSNZ FRIC FCS 1926–28
  • Thomson, J Allan, MA DSc FNZI FGS AOSM (Mr B. C. Aston reappointed May, 1928 , vice Dr J. Allan Thomson, deceased.) 1928
  • Farr, Clinton Coleridge, DSc FRS FRSNZ FPSL 1929–31
  • Segar, Hugh William, MA FRSNZ 1931–33
  • Speight, Robert, MA MSc FRSNZ FGS 1933–35
  • Williams, Right Rev. Bishop, MA LittD FRSNZ 1935–37
  • Evans, William Percival, CBE MA PhD FRSNZ HonFNZIC 1937–39
  • Holloway, Rev. John Ernest, LTh DSc FRS FRSNZ 1939–41
  • Archey, Sir Gilbert, KB CBE MA DSc FRSNZ FZS FMANZ 1941–43
  • Allan, Harry Howard, CBE MA DSc PhD(Hons) FRSNZ FLS 1943–45
  • Benson, William Noel, BA DSc FRS FRSNZ FGS 1945–47
  • Marsden, Sir Ernest, KB CMG MC DSc NZ FRS FRSNZ MIEE 1947
  • Falla, Sir Robert Alexander, KBE CMG MA DSc NZ FRSNZ FMANZ 1947–50
  • Callaghan, Francis Raymond, ISO MA NZ FRSNZ FRES 1950–52
  • Oliver, Walter Reginald Brook, DSc NZ FRSNZ FZS 1952–54
  • Miller, David, CBE MSc PhD CMZS CSChE FRSNZ FRES 1954–56
  • Briggs, Lindsay Heathcote, DSc DPhil Oxon FRSNZ FNZIC 1956–58
  • Allan, Robin Sutcliffe, PhD Cantab DSc FRSNZ 1958–60
  • Dixon, Joseph Keith, MSc PhD Lond DIC FRSNZ FRIC NZIC 1960–62
  • Fleming, Sir Charles Alexander, KBE BA DSc NZ FRS FRSNZ FMANZ FGS 1962–64
  • Barnett, Miles Aylmer Fulton, OBE MSc PhD Cantab FRSNZ FInstP 1964
  • Fleming, Sir Charles Alexander, KBE BA DSc NZ FRS FRSNZ FMANZ FGS 1964–66
  • Miles, John Arthur Reginald, CBE MA MD Cantab FRSNZ FRACP 1966–70
  • Willett, Richard Wright, MSc NZ HonDSc Otago FRSNZ MAIMM 1970–74
  • Burns, Sir Malcolm McRae, KBE MSc PhD Aberdeen FRSNZ FNZlC FNZIAS 1974–77
  • Dell, Richard Kenneth, QSO BA DSc Vict DipEd FRSNZ FMANZ 1977–81
  • Bollard, Edward George, CBE BSc PhD Cantab HonDSc Auck FRSNZ FNZIC 1981–85
  • Hatherton, Trevor, OBE DIC PhD DSc Lond HonDSc Vict FRSNZ 1985–89
  • Dodd, John Newton, MSc(Hons) PhD B’ham FRSNZ FInstP 1989–93
  • Black, Philippa Margaret, CNZM PhD Auck FRSNZ FMSAm 1993–97
  • Scott, Sir John KBE FRSNZ 1997–2000
  • Simpson, Sir Gil KNZM QSM DSc honoris causa 2000–2003
  • Watson, Jim PhD 2004–2006
  • Jordan, Neville CNZM 2006–2009
  • Carnaby, Garth MNZM, FRSNZ 2009–2012
  • Skegg, Sir David KNZM OBE FRSNZ 2012-