Peter Davis (New Zealand)

Peter Davis (New Zealand)

Peter Davis (New Zealand)

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Peter Davis (BA S'ton, MSc Lond, PhD) is a sociologist and the husband of former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark. He met Clark – then a political-science lecturer at Auckland – in 1977and they married shortly after she first won election to Parliament in the 1981 general election.

Davis specialises in medical sociology, and he works as the Director of the Social Statistics Research Group and Professor of Sociology at the University of Auckland, with part-time appointments in the School of Population Health and the Department of Statistics, also at the University of Auckland. Previously he served as Professor of Public Health at the University of Otago's Christchurch School of Medicine.

He has previously served on the Auckland Area Health Board, and was a representative in 1989 when his wife (Health Minister at the time) suspended that body. His peers regard his academic workSome of Prof. Davis' work is described in Wikipedia: Social class in New Zealand as impeccable, and he has achieved international recognition in his field, having worked as a consultant for the World Health Organisation.

Davis, born in England in 1947, spent his childhood in Tanzania <!-- Tanzania originated in 1964, when Davis would have reached about his 17th year. Do we mean "Tanganyika"? -->where his father worked for a mining-company. His father was born in China...
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