George Hudson (entomologist)

George Vernon Hudson (20 April 1867 – 5 April 1946) was a British-born New Zealand entomologist and astronomer. He won the Hector Memorial Medal.

Hudson in 1907, as a member of the Auckland Islands party of the Sub Antarctic Expedition
In later life


Born in London, England, on Easter Saturday, 1867 Hudson was the sixth child of Emily Jane Carnal and Charles Hudson, an artist and stained-glass window designer. By the age of 14 he had built up a collection of British insects, and had published a paper in The Entomologist. In 1881 Hudson moved with his father to Nelson, New Zealand. He worked on a farm, and in 1883, aged 16, he began working at the post office in Wellington, where he eventually became chief clerk, retiring in 1918.[1]

Hudson was a member of the 1907 Sub-Antarctic Islands Scientific Expedition. The main aim of the expedition was to extend the magnetic survey of New Zealand by investigating the Auckland and Campbell islands but botanical, biological and zoological surveys were also conducted. The voyage also resulted in rescue of the castaways of the shipwreck the Dundonald in the Auckland Islands.

Hudson is credited with proposing modern-day daylight saving time.[2] His shift-work job gave him leisure time to collect insects, and led him to value after-hours daylight.[3] In 1895, he presented a paper to the Wellington Philosophical Society proposing a two-hour daylight-saving shift,[4] and after considerable interest was expressed in Christchurch, he followed up in an 1898 paper.[5] In 1933, Hudson was the first recipient (together with Ernest Rutherford) of the T. K. Sidey Medal, set up by the Royal Society of New Zealand from funds collected to commemorate the passing of the Summer-Time Act 1927.[6][7]

Another Briton, William Willett championed the use of daylight saving time. It was made law there in 1916.

Hudson's collection of insects, the largest in New Zealand, is housed in the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Personal life

Hudson's wife, Florence, died in 1935. They left one daughter. Hudson died on 5 April 1946 at his home "Hillview" in the Wellington suburb of Karori.[3]



  1. ^ J.T. Salmon. George Vernon Hudson, F.R.S.N.Z. (1867–1946). Transactions and Proceedings of the Royal Society of New Zealand. 1946;76(2):264–6.
  2. ^ Satran, Joe (2012-03-09). "The Man Who Invented Daylight Savings Time". The Huffington Post. AOL Inc. Retrieved 2017-01-17.
  3. ^ a b Gibbs, George. "Hudson, George Vernon". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography. Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 11 March 2012.
  4. ^ G. V. Hudson. On seasonal time-adjustment in countries south of lat. 30°. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. 1895;28:734.
  5. ^ G. V. Hudson. On seasonal time. Transactions and Proceedings of the New Zealand Institute. 1898;31:577–588.
  6. ^ "Background of the Medal". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 7 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Recipients". Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 7 August 2015.

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George Hudson (disambiguation)

George Hudson (1800–1871) was an English railway financier.

George Hudson may also refer to:

George Hudson (footballer) (born 1937), player for Coventry City F.C.

George Hudson (Canadian football) (born 1976), Canadian professional Canadian football player

George LeRoy Hudson (fl. 1913–1926), Canadian politician

George Hudson (entomologist) (1867–1946), New Zealand entomologist and astronomer

George Bickersteth Hudson, British Member of Parliament for Hitchin, 1892–1906

George Hudson (cricketer) (1905–1981), English cricketer

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