NOOSA – Adjunct Professor Lance Hill, who dedicated 38 years to his scientific career in Papua New Guinea, died in Cairns on 1 July aged 76. The cause of his death is unknown.
Dr Hill arrived in PNG in 1970, soon after the establishment of the University of PNG, as a senior tutor in biology.
His PNG service encompassed 36 years at the university, where he rose to become Professor of Biological Sciences, and two years at the Department of Environment and Conservation as a resource management specialist.
He was also a long-standing supporter of Papua New Guinean literature and PNG Attitude, being a generous donor to the Crocodile Prize literary awards and to other fund-raising projects for PNG.
Dr Hill’s research interests were in ecology, the environment and resource management.
He published extensively and was also respected as an efficient and energetic university administrator.
“Adjunct Professor Lance Hill worked tirelessly and contributed greatly to education and capacity building at UPNG and in the Pacific,” said Dr Peter Petsul, the university registrar,
“He had a long and outstanding academic career.”
Economist and development specialist John Conroy wrote on Twitter (@informaleconomy) that Dr Hill had “an extraordinary career at UPNG over almost four decades and it must have been very tough at times.
“Goodwill, combined with diplomacy and devotion to the PNG environment, saw him through.”
In recent days we have lost three dedicated educationists, each of whom served Papua New Guinea for four decades and made a significant contribution to the country's development: educational administrator Peter Bridger, Emeritus Professor Maev O’Collins and Adjunct Professor Lance Hill.