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Background of the Scholarship

A brief background to the one year university scholarship

This scholarship was established by the Royal Society of New Zealand Te Apārangi in memory of Professor Richard Bates FRSNZ. Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, in 1929, Richard Heaton Tunstal Bates worked as an electrical engineer and researcher in England, Canada and the United States before joining the Department of Electrical Engineering at the University of Canterbury in 1967. His Wide-ranging and ingenious contributions to engineering research made him one of the most highly-acclaimed engineering scientist in the Southern Hemisphere and have substantially contributed to the now well secured standing of Electrical Engineering research and education in New Zealand.

The RHT Bates Postgraduate scholarship, tenable at any New Zealand university for one year, is available to graduates who are registered for the Degree of Doctor of Philosophy. Students in the physical sciences and engineering will be eligible, with preference being given to those whose research aims to apply information/image processing to studies in medicine, the physical sciences, astronomy or engineering.