Learn about our history and discover our innovation achievements. For more than 100 years we have pioneered new technologies, spun-out companies and contributed to society.
From wireless power transfer to developing of the digital human, we are proud to be New Zealand’s most innovative university.
The University of Auckland was formally opened on 23 May as Auckland University College, part of the University of New Zealand.
Prof APW Thomas received his first professional commission from industry – the Bay of Islands Coal Mining Company
Chemist James Scott Maclaurin was awarded a doctorate (DSc) for stablishing that oxygen was necessary for the dissolution of gold, an internationally significant discovery that formed the basis for much subsequent work on the cyanide process for gold extraction.
Auckland School of Mining opened.
Kathleen Curtis graduated from the University with an MA in botany. She described diseases that were directly threatening the horticulture industry and evaluated sprays and fertilisers for their control.
ANAC (formed from the department of Physics) created a new category of machine and components manufacturing silicon chips, an industry now dominated by Buckley Systems the world’s largest maker of large high performance electromagnets.
Amsacrine a novel treatment for Cancer developed at the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre (ACSRC) was launched by Pfizer.
Developed by the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, the anti-cancer drug Asulacrine, was launched by Pfizer.
UniServices established as the University’s commercialisation and technology transfer company.
Canertinib, a novel EGFR Inhibitor for the treatment of various cancers was launched by Pfizer.
Revolutionary, research-based learning assessment software system asTTle launched.
University of Auckland spin-out company Neuren Pharmaceuticals listed on the Australian Stock Exchange.
Spin-out company PowerbyProxi was formed to develop wireless power technology for consumer electronic devices.
Spinout company Proacta raised more than NZ$52 million to develop unique anti-cancer technology.
The International consortium EpiGen launched, applying the science of neonatal nutrition to infant food development.
A joint Korea- University healthcare robotics laboratory launched.
‘Growing up in New Zealand’, our country’s most comprehensive longitudinal study, funded by a wide range of government agencies began.
HaloIPT won the Clean Equity Monaco award for ‘Excellence in the Field of Environmental Technology Research’.
The Centre for Microbial Innovation, the Centre for Applied Economic Research, Wind Measurement Technologies, and Kumanu an industry partnering programme for technology to improve care for seniors, were launched.
The Photon Factory launched – an advanced, multi-user pulsed laser facility.
SPARX, a computer programme for adolescent depression, won an international digital award from UNESCO’s Netexplo in Paris.
UniServices and the University of Auckland partnered with an American drug development company to launch SapVax, a biotech start up which develops novel cancer vaccines.