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Innovation centre named after NZ physicist

The New Zealand government has named its soon-to-be-launched Advanced Technology Institute after the late physicist Paul Callaghan.

Steven Joyce, the minister for science and innovation, announced on 14 November that the institute, which will work to link businesses with universities and research centres, will be called Callaghan Innovation.

According to Joyce, the naming of the institute recognised Callaghan for his work in commercial scientific research. Callaghan, who died earlier this year, was particularly known for developing applications for magnetic resonance imaging.

The centre will operate in Auckland, Canterbury and Wellington and will focus on industries such as food and beverage manufacturing, agri-technologies, digital technologies, health technologies, therapeutics and high-value wood products.

Legislation establishing Callaghan Innovation is due to be passed by parliament in December and the centre is expected to start work in February.