Authorised form of nameHector; Sir; James (1834 - 1907)
Dates1834 - 1907
Place of birthEdinburgh, Scotland
Date of birth16 March 1834
Place of deathWellington, New Zealand
Date of death05/11/1907
Research fieldGeology; natural history
Edinburgh. MD (1856)
Assistant to Edward Forbes (FRS 1845); Surgeon and Geologist to a Government expedition to western Canada, travelling from Lake Superior to Vancouver (1857-1860); discovered 'Hector's Pass' across the Rocky Mountains; Geologist to the Provincial Government of Otago, New Zealand (1861); Director, Geological Survey of New Zealand.
CMG 1875; KCMG 1887
Membership categoryFellow
Date of election07/06/1866
Bulloch's Roll; DNB
Robin J H Clark and Michael J Kelly, 'New Zealand, New Zealanders and the Royal Society' in NR 1994 vol 48 pp 263-281
R W Home, 'The Royal Society and the Empire: the colonial and Commonwealth Fellowship. Part 2. After 1847' in NR 2003 vol 57 pp 47-84
Virtual International Authority File
Royal Society codeNA7696
Archives associated with this Fellow
Reference numberTitleDate
MC/8Volume 8 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1867-1869
MC/9Volume 9 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1870-June 1873
IM/002020'1886 New Zealand: recent volcanic eruption', Tarawera Range by James Hector1886
MS/845Records of the eruption of the Mount Tarawera volcano, New Zealand, by James Hector1886
MC/7Volume 7 of miscellaneous correspondence regarding business matters, sent to the Royal Society1864-1866
AP/50/5Newspaper report of a lecture to the Wellington Philosophical Society on the tidal disturbances and earthquakes experienced in New Zealand in August 18681868
NLB/1/553Copy letter from Herbert Rix, to Dr James Hector, Fellow of the Royal Society27 July 1887
NLB/11/613Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Professor Thomas Jeffery Parker, Fellow of the Royal Society10 August 1895
NLB/14/365Copy letter from Theodore E James, to Messrs Harrison & Sons, St Martin's Lane23 February 1897
NLB/36/547Copy letter from Robert William Frederick Harrison, to Messrs Harrison & Sons12 November 1907
EC/1866/05Hector, Sir James: certificate of election to the Royal Society
MC/7/355Letter from James Hector, Geological Survey Department, Wellington, NZ [New Zealand], to Dr [William] Sharpey, Secretary of the Royal Society, London7 September 1866
MC/8/53Letter from James Hector, Geological Survey Office, Wellington, New Zealand, to [Walter White], Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society7 June 1867
MC/9/247Letter from James Hector, Geological Survey Department, Wellington, to Walter White, [Assistant Secretary of the Royal Society], Burlington House, London5 August 1871
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