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Hometown of Wanganui pays tribute to Sir Paul Callaghan - 27/03/2012

Wanganui District Council will fly the New Zealand and Council flags at half-mast on Wednesday, March 28, as a mark of respect for Sir Paul Callaghan, Mayor Annette Main said.

Monday’s Council meeting also observed a minute of silence to acknowledge his passing.

Sir Paul died in Wellington on Saturday, March 24, and his funeral will be held on Wednesday.

“Sir Paul was born and raised in Wanganui, attending Wanganui East School and Wanganui Technical College before going on to university and then becoming New Zealand’s most distinguished scientist,” Mayor Main said.

“He was passionate about New Zealand and stopping the ‘brain drain’ by making New Zealand a place where talented people want to live. He was a pioneer in the field of nanotechnology and inspired many university students. And he was a strong advocate for the development of smart industries as a driver of our economy into the future.

“Sir Paul was also a wonderful public advocate for science. I have listened to him speak many times and enjoyed his ability to communicate science in a way that inspired so many. He shared his talent in the place he chose to live.

“We are proud that Sir Paul grew up amongst us. He achieved many remarkable things in his life and I am sure there would have been many more of benefit to New Zealand to come. On behalf of our community, I express our sympathy to Sir Paul’s family.”

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