Jane Harding


Dame Jane Elizabeth Harding DNZM FRSNZ FRACP (born 1955) is a New Zealand academic new-born intensive case specialist (neonatologist). She was awarded the Rutherford Medal in 2019.

Dame Jane Harding

Jane Harding wins Rutherford Medal at 2019 Research Honours Aotearoa (cropped).jpg
At 2019 Research Honours Aotearoa
Born1955 (age 66–67)
NationalityNew Zealand
Alma mater
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Auckland

Education and careerEdit

Harding studied at the University of Auckland, graduating in 1978, and in 1982 obtained a DPhil in foetal physiology from the University of Oxford.[1] She returned to in New Zealand for paediatric training then completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco.[1] Following that, she worked at the University of Auckland's faculty of Medicine from 1989, becoming Professor of Neonatology in 1997.[1] She is a researcher in the Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland.[1]

Honours and awardsEdit

Harding was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 2001.[2] In the 2002 Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee Honours, she was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to paediatrics.[3] She was awarded the Health Research Council of New Zealand's Beaven Medal in 2016.[4] In 2017, Harding was selected as one of the Royal Society Te Apārangi's "150 women in 150 words", celebrating the contributions of women to knowledge in New Zealand.[5]

In 2019, Harding received the Rutherford Medal, New Zealand's highest science honour, from the Royal Society of New Zealand.[6][7] Also in 2019, Harding received the Supreme Award at the New Zealand Women of Influence Awards.[8]

In the 2020 Queen's Birthday Honours, Harding was promoted to Dame Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to neonatology and perinatology.[9]


  1. ^ a b c d Daphne Christie; Tilli Tansey, eds. (2005). Short-course chemotherapy for tuberculosis. Wellcome Witnesses to Contemporary Medicine. Vol. 24. History of Modern Biomedicine Research Group. ISBN 978-0-85484-104-2. OL 27087444M. Wikidata Q29581694.
  2. ^ "List of all Fellows with surnames G–I". Royal Society Te Apārangi. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Queen's Birthday and Golden Jubilee honours list 2002". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 3 June 2002. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Low blood sugar treatment for babies earns researcher top medal". Health Research Council of New Zealand. Archived from the original on 11 April 2017.
  5. ^ "Jane Harding". Royal Society Te Apārangi. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  6. ^ "2019 Rutherford Medal: Better lifelong outcomes for mothers and babies". Royal Society Te Apārangi. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 18 October 2019.
  7. ^ "Top award for making a difference in babies' lives". 15 October 2019.
  8. ^ "2019 Women of Influence Supreme winner medical pioneer Jane Harding". Stuff. 24 October 2019. Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  9. ^ "Queen's Birthday honours list 2020". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. 1 June 2020. Retrieved 1 June 2020.

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