The Darwin Medal.
In the same year his work was recognised in England by his election to the Royal Society; this was crowned in 1928 by the award of the Darwin Medal. New Zealand's great native son, Lord Rutherford, President of the Royal Society, said in conferring the award at the Anniversary Meeting:
“The award of a Darwin Medal to Dr. Cockayne is fitting because of the distinction of his work in fields in which Charles Darwin himself laboured. That distinction has been gained by the use of the Darwinian method: a true naturalist, Dr. Cockayne has waited patiently upon facts before drawing conclusions. For over thirty
(Rly. Publicity photo.)
Beauty of bush and fern in the Omanawa Gorge, near. Tauranga, North Island, New Zealand.
years he has made it his task to deepen and widen our knowledge of New Zealand botany in the broadest sense…. The taxonomic studies rendered necessary by his ecological results have led to those remarkable discoveries of natural hybrids in New Zealand that have won for him a worldwide reputation and have made on modern thought an impression akin to that produced by the results of Mr. Darwin's studies of plants under domestication. Dr. Cockayne's researchers have had, on sylvicultural and agricultural procedure, a practical bearing which has been appreciated by and has influenced the policy of New Zealand statesmen.”
Lord Rutherford also spoke of the remarkable local effect of Dr. Cock-
(Continued on page 49