Professor Peter Watts elected Royal Society Fellow

29 October 2014
Professor Peter Watts

One of the University of Auckland’s top legal researchers was among 12 New Zealanders elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of New Zealand (Te Apārangi) in 2014. Professor Peter Watts has a high international standing in the general area of commercial law, more especially in agency law, company law, and the law of restitution. In agency law, which has connections to most branches of private law, he is one of the Commonwealth’s most distinguished researchers.

Peter is the first lawyer to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand since the amalgamation of the New Zealand Academy of the Humanities with the Royal Society in 2010. Emeritus Professor Brian Coote is also a Fellow, as was the late Mike Taggart.

Honorary Fellowships are aimed at encouraging liaison and collaboration between outstanding scientists and scholars of different nations with established and new initiatives in the New Zealand knowledge community.

Academy Chairperson Dr John Caradus FRSNZ says “Being elected as a Fellow is an honour given to our top researchers for showing exceptional distinction in research or in the advancement of science, technology or the humanities.

“These newly elected Fellows are leaders in fields as diverse as surgery, mathematics, psychology, law, climate science and biochemistry. They reflect the wide range of work being undertaken by researchers in science, the social sciences and humanities in New Zealand. It gives me great pleasure to announce their election today.”

The Royal Society of New Zealand promotes science, technology and humanities in schools, in industry and in society.