David McNiven Garner

New Zealand physicist and oceanographer

David McNiven Garner (26 November 1928 – 13 May 2016[1]), was a New Zealand oceanographer. He worked as a published research physicist. He worked with a focus in physical oceanography and ocean circulation.

David McNiven Garner
David McNiven Garner, taken at Pancake Rocks, near Punakaiki, Westland, New Zealand, 19 November 2008
Born(1928-11-26)26 November 1928
Wanganui, New Zealand
Died13 May 2016(2016-05-13) (aged 87)
Dunedin, New Zealand
NationalityNew Zealand
CitizenshipNew Zealand
Alma materVictoria University
New York University
Scientific career
FieldsPhysical oceanography
InstitutionsDepartment of Scientific and Industrial Research, New Zealand
Bedford Institute of Oceanography
University of Auckland

In 1962, he founded the New Zealand Oceanographic Institute of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (today known as National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research), then located in Hobson Street, Wellington, New Zealand.


  1. "The Tuapeka Times (Vol 13 Issue 20)".