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Hugh N. Parton (Mellor Professor 1965-1971)



c. 1970


Chemistry Department




H. N. Parton MSc (NZ) PhD (Lond) HonDSc (Cant) FNZIC OBE. Professor Hugh Parton’s field of research was the physical chemistry of solutions, particularly non-ideal solutions and the thermodynamics of electrolyte solutions. His intellectual interests extended beyond physical chemistry to such areas as the history and philosophy of science and the aims of university education. He wrote a number of books on these subjects such as Science is Human, The University of New Zealand and The First Eighty Years of Chemistry at the University of Canterbury. His keen interest in matters of academic policy led to membership of a number of university committees and a period as Pro-Vice Chancellor.


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