Government pays tribute to Sir Ian Axford 18 Mar 2010
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“Sir Ian had an outstanding international reputation in astrophysics and space science.
“He made a unique contribution to both science and the country’s research system, “ Dr Mapp said.
Sir Ian was a leader in New Zealand’s science system and in the public policy arena. He was New Zealander of the Year in 1995.
He was Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University from 1982 to 1985, and had chaired the Foundation for Research, Science and Technology and the Marsden Fund.
More recently Sir Ian was a strong supporter of the joint New Zealand-Australian bid to host the Square Kilometre Array, an international radio telescope project.
The Government-sponsored Ian Axford (New Zealand) Fellowships in Public Policy, named in recognition of Sir Ian’s efforts, have helped New Zealand and the United States share the latest thinking in public policy.
“On behalf of the Government, I offer sincere condolences to Sir Ian’s family and friends,” Dr Mapp said.
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