Legacy of late Kiwi scientist Sir Paul Callaghan showcased in film

Morning Talk 18/07/2018
Photo: NZIFF.

He was a physicist, science communicator and even New Zealander of the Year in 2011.

The late Sir Paul Callaghan, who passed away in 2012 of cancer, left behind a legacy that expanded beyond science.

This year’s New Zealand International Film Festival will showcase documentary Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms, depicting his life and influence up until his death.

Shirley Horrocks, director of the film, told RadioLIVE’s Mark Sainsbury that Sir Callaghan’s magnetic character changed the game for science in New Zealand.

“He was a man of immense energy, both physical and mental,” she told RadioLIVE.

Sir Callaghan’s career moved beyond his industry, where he partook and influenced art–science alliances, economics and conservation.

The New Zealand International Film Festival opens in Auckland on July 19th. Paul Callaghan: Dancing with Atoms will debut at the festival on Tuesday, July 24th, which is also a fundraiser for Cancer Society of NZ. 

Listen to the full interview above with Shirley Horrocks.

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