Atoms, Dinosaurs and DNA

Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNA: 68 Great New Zealand Scientists
By Veronika Meduna and Rebecca Priestley
Random House, Auckland, 2008

Winner of the Elsie-Locke Award for Non-Fiction, 2009

From Joseph Banks to Ernest Rutherford and Beatrice Tinsley to Ingrid Visser, Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNA profiles 68 of New Zealand’s most remarkable scientists. Among them are some of the earliest explorers and collectors, the first professional scientists, twentieth century pioneers in emerging scientific disciplines and some of today’s leading scientists who are continuing to make discoveries about our world and working to shape our future.

You can buy Atoms, Dinosaurs and DNA from me for NZ$25 a copy. Email me at rebeccap[at] for more details.

Read some reviews of Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNA

“A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of sighting an advance copy of this book at the Stout Research Centre for New Zealand Studies, as Rebecca was carrying it under her arm. Now I have the even greater privilege of owning a copy.”
Joan Druett, World of the Written Word, August 2008

“Veronika Meduna and Rebecca Priestley’s- lavishly illustrated Atoms, Dinosaurs & DNA provides accessible biographies of 68 New Zealand scientists.”
Richard Wolfe, New Zealand Listener, September 2008


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