Emeritus Professor John McCraw (MBE)

Emeritus Professor

Qualifications: MBE MSc NZ DSc Well FNZSSS CRSN

About John

John was the founding Chair of the Department of Earth Sciences. He was Involved early in his career with soil surveys throughout New Zealand as well as Australia, U.S.A. and Europe and led the first N.Z.Soil Bureau Antarctic Expedition in 1959. The McCraw Glacier in Antarctica was named after him.

He has been:

  • a member of the Commission of Inquiry into Abbotsford Landslide disaster
  • the Chairman of the Task Force Inquiry into management of Rabbit prone lands of NZ
  • honoured with an MBE (1992) and Companion of the Royal Society of N.Z (2005) - Special Award for Community Service by Central Otago District Council 2008.

Research Interests

Central Otago gold mining history; Quaternary geology; parent materials of soils and using soil patterns to elucidate geomorphic history; Maori legends explaining landforms; and public lectures on Earth Sciences.

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