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Published 28 March 2024

Dr Jim Salinger CRSNZ wins New Zealander of the Year

Dr Jim Salinger CRSNZ, a distinguished climate scientist, has dedicated almost 50 years to advancing climate science at the national and international level. For this lifetime of work, he has been awarded New Zealander of the Year.

Recognised as one of the first scientists to address global warming, his pioneering work in 1975 marked the inception of a remarkable career. Jim’s contributions include ground-breaking research on climate change in the Southern Hemisphere, earning him the prestigious NZ Science and Technology Medal in 1994.

Jim was a lead author of one of the three reports produced in 2007 for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which contributed to the Panel earning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007. 

Paul Atkins, Chief Executive of the Royal Society Te Apārangi, added his congratulations and commented that Dr Salinger was elected as a Companion due to a career of outstanding leadership and contributions to science and research in Aotearoa New Zealand. Dr Salinger has not only worked tirelessly to advance knowledge on climate change, but to use that knowledge to make a difference in the world.

Find out more about Jim at Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year's website or view 1news interview.

Source: Royal Society Te Apārangi