Rod Bieleski

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Rod Bieleski
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Bieleski in 2010
BornRoderick Leon Bieleski
(1931-08-03)3 August 1931
Auckland, New Zealand
Died 15 November 2016(2016-11-15) (aged 85)
Takapuna, New Zealand
Alma mater University of Sydney
Awards Hector Medal (1984)
Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit (2010)
Scientific career
Fields Plant physiology
Thesis Studies on the physiology of sugar-cane  (1958)

Roderick Leon Bieleski MNZM (3 August 1931 – 15 November 2016) was a New Zealand plant physiologist.

Born in Auckland on 3 August 1931, [1] Bieleski attended Auckland University College, graduating with an MSc with first-class honours in 1955. [2] After completing a PhD on the process of sugar transport in sugar cane at the University of Sydney in 1958, he began a research career at the New Zealand Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), retiring in 1996. From 1980 to 1988 he was the director of the DSIR's division of horticulture and processing. [3]

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He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1973, [4] and won the society's Hector Medal in 1984. [5] He was awarded a DSc by thesis by the University of Sydney in 1990, [6] and he was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to horticultural science in the 2010 New Year Honours. [7]

New Zealand Order of Merit order

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Bieleski died in Takapuna on 15 November 2016. [8]

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  2. "NZ university graduates 1870–1961: Bh–Bre" . Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  3. "Roderick Bieleski". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  4. "The Academy: A–C". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  5. "Hector Medal". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 4 October 2014.
  6. Bieleski, R. L (20 September 1990). "Studies on phosphorus and carbohydrate uptake and metabolism in plants" via Open WorldCat.
  7. "New Year honours list 2010". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 31 December 2009. Retrieved 5 January 2018.
  8. "Roderick Bieleski death notice". New Zealand Herald. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 18 November 2016.