Interview with Ian Prior

Date
9 Sep - 26 Oct 2005 - 09 Sep 2005 - 26 Oct 2005
By
Prior, Ian Ambury Miller (Dr), 1923-2009; Marr, Julene, active 2000s
Ref
OHInt-1008-12
Description

Interview with Ian Prior, born in Masterton in 1923. Outlines his family background, importance of family and friends, schooling and his desire to study medicine. Talks about studying in Dunedin, playing rugby, Knox College and the residential college environment, and Lloyd Geering. Discusses professors and teachers at the Medical School including John Malcom, Eric D'Ath, Horace Smirk, Sir Charles Hercus, Gordon Bell and Bernard Dawson. Talks about meeting his future wife Elesbie Forsyth, and her Hallenstein and Fels family family background. Comments on his early work as a doctor at Wellington and Hutt Hospitals, the workplace culture and resources, hierarchy and decision-making. Mentions the personal qualities needed, women in medicine and promotion. Refers to time in England and membership of the Royal College of Physicians. Comments on his publications and the issue of quality versus quantity. Mentions his work in epidemiology. Describes the development of his links with Maori and work with Tuhoe. Talks about his links with Pacific Island peoples and visits to Rarotonga. Discusses Royal Society Fellows who were influential in his life including Charles Flemming and John Miles. Refers to ECO (the Environment and Conservation Organisations of New Zealand), the Save Manapouri campaign and other other environmental activities. Reflects on discipline and teamwork in science, communication and on the relationship between science and society. Discusses the important role of arts and culture in the Prior family, referring to the family art collection. Talks about the booklet 'Two unusual families : the origins of the Prior collection' (2005). Refers to a poem written by Hone Tuwhare for the Prior family.

Interviewer(s) - Julene Marr

Accompanying material - Sprial-bound booklet 'Programme for Ian Priors birthday event, 16 October 1923-16 October 2005'. Two copies of 'Two unusual families : the origins of the Prior collection' (2005), with content bound in different sequences.

Arrangement: Tape numbers - OHC-023173 - OHC-023177

Quantity: 5 C60 cassette(s). 1 printed abstract(s) (handwritten summary). 1 interview(s). 3.31 Hours and minutes Duration.

Finding Aids: Abstract Available - abstracting complete OHA-7609 (handwritten summary).

Small B&W photograph of Ian Prior cut from a publication; B&W photocopy of cartoon sketch of seven professors from the Otago School of Medicine (1940)

Search dates: 1923 - 2005

Additional description

Original recordings not available for playback. Surrogate copies will be provided.

Alternative form available: Listening copies available

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Royal Society of New Zealand Wellington Branch oral history project
Format
5 C60 cassette(s), 1 printed abstract(s) (handwritten summary), 1 interview(s), 3.31 Hours and minutes Duration, Oral histories, Illustration: Small B&W photograph of Ian Prior cut from a publication; B&W photocopy of cartoon sketch of seven professors from the Otago School of Medicine (1940)
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