November 18, 2020
Star talk earns Matamua prize
University of Waikato Professor Rangi Matamua has been awarded the Callaghan Medal from Royal Society Te Apārangi for his ability to engage audiences with his research into Matariki.
The Callaghan Medal is awarded annually to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to science communication and raises public awareness of the value of science to human progress.
Professor Matamua’s web series on astronomy hit one million views in just four months.
He has also produced award-winning television programmes, public talks, podcasts, university teaching, and a book about Matariki.
He says he’s appealing to a new generation’s appetite to understand more about their environment.
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