College mourns professor

03:04, Jun 04 2014
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INSPIRATIONAL: Professor Peter Lamb was guest speaker at the Nelson College senior prizegiving last year. He died in his sleep in the United States this week.

Meteorology expert and "inspiring" and passionate supporter of Nelson College, Professor Peter Lamb, has died.

Lamb passed away unexpectedly in his sleep this week, at his home in the United States.

He was director of the Co-operative Institute for Mesoscale Meteorological Studies at the University of Oklahoma. He attended Nelson College from 1960-64, and has since become a leading expert on climate fluctuations, including as an adviser to the Obama Administration.

Nelson College headmaster Gary O'Shea said he was saddened to hear the news. He had been one of Nelson College's most prominent and passionate supporters in recent years.

Lamb had first approached him in 2004 wanting to become involved with the development of environmental programmes at Nelson College.

"He has made a huge contribution in supporting the beekeeping/honey and wetlands restoration programmes and his loyalty and commitment to Nelson College and our boys has been truly inspirational."


Lamb spoke at the school's senior prizegiving last year about human evolution, social inequality and Sir Ernest Rutherford.

He dared the students, especially the year 13 leavers, to dream and to tackle big challenges like the "inequality crisis" in New Zealand.

"That is going to have to be dealt with by you gentlemen, by your generation," he said.

O'Shea said Lamb's family had told him how much they appreciated honouring him as last year's senior prizegiving speaker.

They said Lamb had expressed how much he felt his time at Nelson College contributed to his rise from the son of a cobbler in Victory Square to one of the foremost global warming meteorology experts in the US.

O'Shea said he would miss Lamb's "intellect, his passion for inspiring boys and his friendship and support for me as headmaster. As a college we will ensure that his contribution and his legacy will not be forgotten".

The Nelson Mail