New Zealand scientist Baron Ernest Rutherford was the first in the world to split the atom in 1919. He was awarded a Nobel Prize for his efforts in radioactivity.
New Zealand referee William Atack was the world's first to use a whistle to stop a game of sport in 1884.
William Hamilton - Jet Boat
Colin Murdoch - The Tranquilliser Dart Gun
Robert J Dickie - Stamp Vending Machine
A computer-controlled surf reef designed by a New Zealand company has been built in the United States, fuelling dreams of turning surfing into an international stadium sport. Dr Black - a surfer, oceanographer and former Waikato University professor - led the team who designed the Versareef, which can be moulded into different shapes by computer controls.
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