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View recipients of the Pickering Medal.

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The 2020 Pickering Medal was awarded tRocket Lab’s research and development team, led by Peter Beck. Rocket Lab’s research and development team have achieved technical breakthroughs that have allowed the company to become the world’s leading dedicated-launch-provider for small satellites.

Previous recipients

2019

Professor Cather Simpson, the University of Auckland, for pioneering research and commercialisation of innovative photonic technologies addressing challenges with a New Zealand focus and global impact.

2018

AR37 Novel Endophyte Team for their leadership in developing and supporting the AR37 endophyte in agriculture which is estimated to contribute NZ$3.6 billion to the New Zealand economy through the life of the patent.

2017

Stephen Henry for his development and commercialisation of a surface-modification technology, called Kode™  Technology, which shows huge promise for therapeutic use including fighting cancer, reducing surgical infections and healing wounds

2016

Iain Anderson for the development and commercialisation of electroactive polymer technology

2015

Margaret Hyland for her pioneering work into the reduction of fluoride emissions produced by aluminium smelters worldwide

2014

Simon Malpas for his development and commercialisation of implantable wireless sensors that can monitor physiological processes such as heart activity or lung function in the body

2013

Harold Marshall for his innovative research-based acoustical designs that have had a profound effect on the design of performance spaces for music, worldwide

2012

David Williams for his contribution to the development of biomedical and gas sensors, which have been commercialised

2011

David Ryan for developing technology which is at the heart of optimisation software used worldwide for solving complex logistics problems, such as airline scheduling

2010

Frank Griffin for his contribution to work in developing diagnostics tests for detecting two major bacterial diseases of New Zealand deer, and a vaccine for the prevention of Yersiniosis in deer

2009

Kenneth McNatty for his contribution to the field of reproductive biology, with products having been commercialised from his work

2008

Ross Ihaka for his software package “R” that has revolutionised the practice of statistics with its unique open-source, extensible model

2007

John McKinnon

2006

Murray McEwan

2005

John Boys

2004

Robert Buckley