Catherine Alexander (married name Rowe, 8 December 1862 – 17 March 1928) was a New Zealand botanist, and the first known woman to publish a paper in the Royal Society Te Apārangi's Transactions in 1886.
Alexander was born in Kaiapoi in December 1862,to George and Mary Ann Alexander. George Alexander was a baker. She received her education at the day school belonging to St Luke's Church in Christchurch. She then studied at Canterbury College, and she received an Exhibition Scholarship towards her botany honours degree work. She graduated with a bachelor of arts in 1885 and then worked at Christchurch Girls' High School as an assistant teacher until her marriage. Her paper on ngaio (a small New Zealand native tree), "Observations on the Glands in the Leaf and Stem of Myoporum lætum, Forster" appeared in the Royal Society's Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. Three more papers by women, Annette Wilson, Miss Morrison, and Katherine Browning, followed in 1892. By the time her paper was read before the Wellington Philosophical Society in 1886, Alexander was teaching at high school.
In August 1886, Alexander married Thomas Rowe in Addington, Christchurch, a teacher. Francis Haslam, one of Alexander's professors at Canterbury College, witnessed the ceremony.They had four children and lost one son in WWI. Her husband died suddenly on 1 February 1928. Having never recovered from the shock of her husband's death, she died six weeks later on 17 March. They are both buried at Christchurch's Linwood Cemetery.
In 2017, Alexander was selected as one the Royal Society of New Zealand's "150 women in 150 words".
George Vernon Hudson FRSNZ was a British-born New Zealand entomologist and astronomer. He won the Hector Memorial Medal.
Margaret Elizabeth Austin is a former New Zealand politician. She was an MP from 1984 to 1996, representing first the Labour Party and then briefly United New Zealand.
Myoporum laetum, commonly known as ngaio or mousehole tree is a plant in the family Scrophulariaceae endemic to New Zealand, including the Chatham Islands. It is a fast growing shrub, readily distinguished from others in the genus by the transparent dots in the leaves which are visible when held to a light.
William Herbert Guthrie-Smith FRSNZ was a New Zealand farmer, author and conservationist.
Myoporum is a genus of flowering plants in the figwort family, Scrophulariaceae. There are 30 species in the genus, eighteen of which are endemic to Australia although others are endemic to Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, and one is endemic to two Indian Ocean islands. They are shrubs or small trees with leaves that are arranged alternately and have white, occasionally pink flowers and a fruit that is a drupe.
Christchurch Girls' High School in Christchurch, New Zealand, was established in 1877 and is the second oldest girls' secondary school in the country.
The Royal Society Te Apārangi is an independent, statutory not-for-profit body in New Zealand providing funding and policy advice in the fields of sciences and the humanities.
Gertrude Helen Benson was a New Zealand professor of home science. She was born in Bradford, Yorkshire, England, on 25 January 1886. Benson completed a BSc in natural sciences at Cambridge but didn't receive her degree until 1919, some years after finishing. After completing a postgraduate diploma in household and social science from King's College, London, Benson was appointed as a lecturer in chemistry and household and social economics in the School of Home Sciences at the University of Otago from 1911.
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William George Howes was a New Zealand entomologist and businessman.
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Miriam Cather Simpson is a New Zealand-American physics/chemistry academic. She is currently a professor at the University of Auckland, a joint appointment between the physics and chemistry departments. She is also associated with the Dodd-Walls CoRE and the MacDiarmid Institute. In 2015, Simpson co-founded the Science Scholars Program at the University of Auckland, along with Professor Richard Easther and Professor David Edward Williams. She was awarded the Royal Society Te Apārangi Pickering Medal in 2019.
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Lydia Annie Hickmott was a New Zealand botanist. She was born in 1890 in Christchurch, to parents Evelyn and Walter, and attended Richmond Primary School and Christchurch Girls' High School. In 1907, Suckling was a Senior National and Gammack Scholar. She obtained a BA in 1911, and in 1912 achieved Second Class Honours in botany from Canterbury University College.
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