26 Mar 2012

Business world honours renowned scientist

8:56 am on 26 March 2012

The business world has paid tribute to renowned scientist Sir Paul Callaghan who has died after a long battle with colon cancer. He was 64.

Sir Paul was best known for his contribution to science and was a leader in the field on molecular physics. He was also a skilled communicator, using radio, books, and television to explain the relevance of science.

Sir Paul founded Magritek, a company that manufactures and exports products based on nuclear magnetic resonance and aims to make research commercially viable.

He wanted to see New Zealand lead the world in high technology.

Business New Zealand says the country has lost a visionary leader, while Export New Zealand chair Sir Ken Stevens says Sir Paul Callaghan will be sorely missed by international and exporting business communities.