SMAD. An Organ of Student Opinion. 1932. Volume 3. Number 3.
Dr. Leonard Cockayne
Dr. Leonard Cockayne.
Amongst the bright young people receiving degrees this year was one of the brightest and youngest spirits that New Zealand has ever produced. This is Dr. Leonard Cockayne (whose degrees are legion), a man who brought great honour to New Zealand by his outstanding work in the botanical world.
When one considers the honours that have been bestowed on him even in the bust few months—to mention only a few—the award of the Veitch Memorial Medal, the appointment to the International Council of Botanists, which comprises the first ten botanists of the world, the honorary degree of D.Sc., which has been bestowed on him by our own University, and realizes the number of years that he has devoted to his beloved subject of Hot any, one would tend to picture a man who had almost lost all interest in the commonplace affairs of daily life. But those of us who have been privileged to meet "The Old Doc.," as he is affectionately dubbed by some who know and love him well, are struck with his vital and stimulating enthusiasm in all lines of interest. As one of his friends has been heard to say, "He is one of the youngest people I have ever met." In spite of his age he emanates that fire which is usually found in the youth who is on the threshold of his career. As a conversationalist his company is delightful, as a scientist his capabilities are unsurpassed.
We gladly take this opportunity to offer tribute to the man who, in spite of physical handicaps, is still carrying on his remarkable work.