The Spike or Victoria University College Review June 1925
We cast the roses of congratulation at the feet of our brother J. S. Yeates, a man of almost incredible scientific attainment, and one of the best of fellows withal. He has just taken what we think is the first Ph.D. granted by the University of New Zealand, and is on the point of leaving for Cambridge with the first award of the new Science Travelling Scholarship— these honours as the culmination of two years of very brilliant post-graduate work in plant cytology. V.U.C. has turned out few men of finer record or promise. Besides these attainments of the intellect, anyone who has tramped and camped with him knows how hard it is to feel one is doing one's due amount of work in comparison with the Yeatesian efforts. We speed him upon his way regretfully, but in the expectation of further glories—a good student, a good tramper, and a good friend.