Local scientist honoured

by Mike Isle

Dr Garth Carnaby is no stranger to awards and honours. However, the Lincoln resident admits that he was ‘thrilled and honoured’ to be included in the New Year Honours List.

Dr Carnaby is now a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his services to science and governance.

“I have worked in both fields, as well as earlier in wool science, so it is particularly gratifying to be recognised for both new areas,” he said.

Dr Carnaby, who holds multiple doctorates from universities here and overseas, is widely known in science circles for his work as a fibre scientist with a particular interest in wool. 

Dr Carnaby has served as Entrepreneur in Residence at Lincoln University. He was also, from 2004 to 2009, chair of the Marsden Fund. 

Garth Carnaby was born in Southbridge and attended Southbridge Primary School, and then Christchurch Boys’ High.

He studied textile physics at the University of New South Wales and at Leeds University where he got his initial PhD.

Dr Carnaby returned to New Zealand in 1976, and in 2008 was elected President of the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Dr Carnaby has made significant contributions to research and in the governance of organisations that promote and promulgate the sciences in all their forms.

Already a Member of the Order of Merit for his earlier work on wool, this is now why he has been honoured with his Companionship of the Order.

However, it is not his alone; he wants to share it with his wife, Kate.

“I am the first to acknowledge that Kate has enabled me to spend the time often away from the family and she has certainly over those years taken the bulk of responsibility for raising our children Judith, Harriet and Alan.

“This is certainly an honour I share with her and them.”

Also included in the 2018 New Year Honours List was Darfield resident Mark Stewart. With the New Zealand Order of Merit for service to community and sport.

He was instrumental in establishing the Hororata Community Trust to help rebuild and promote the community following the September 2010 earthquakes.

He has been a key driver behind the successful Hororata Highland Games, a board member of New Zealand Football from 2008 to 2010, and inaugural Chair of the New Zealand Football Foundation.