“In this world, the optimists have it. Not because they’re always right, but because they are positive.” Quoting David Landes, Professor Paul Callaghan believes that New Zealand’s future success lies in our ability to stay positive, to have faith in ourselves, and having the confidence to do well.
Professor Paul Callaghan is one of New Zealand’s best known and well respected scientists, and is the Alan MacDiarmid Professor of Physical Sciences at Victoria University, while also heading the multi-university MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology. In 2005 Professor Callaghan won New Zealand’s top science award, the Rutherford Medal, for his world-leading research in the field of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance. Paul’s genuine love of discovery is reflected in the enthusiasm with which he shares his knowledge with the general community, through teaching introductory physics courses and regular public talks.