Karim Abdool, Salim S., Prof.

Fellow of AAS since 2011
Biochemistry, Epidemiology
Born in 1960, South Africa

Prof. Abdool Karim obtained his PhD in 1999 from the University of Natal in South Africa.

Currently, he is Scientific Director of CAPRISA (Center for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa), President of the South African Medical Research Council, Pro-Vice Chancellor of Research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University, and Adjunct Professor of Medicine at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University of New York.   

He is Chair of the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel and an elected Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and is a Foreign Associate Member of the US Institute of Medicine. He is the recipient of “TWAS Prize in Medical Sciences” and the Gold Medal Award from the Academy of Science in South Africa.

His contributions to microbicides for HIV prevention spans two decades and culminated in the CAPRISA 004 tenofovir gel trial which provided proof-of-concept that antiretroviral drugs can prevent sexually transmitted HIV infection and herpes simplex virus type 2 in women. He is co-inventor on patents which have been used in several HIV vaccine candidates.

His clinical research on TB-HIV treatment has shaped international guidelines on the clinical management of co-infected patients. This sense of commitment to improving health through science and innovation has placed him among the world leaders in AIDS.

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Karim Abdool, Quarraisha, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2011
Biochemistry, Epidemiology
Born in 1960, South Africa

Quarraisha Abdool Karim, PhD is an epidemiologist who has had a profound impact on HIV prevention globally through the CAPRISA 004 study that demonstrated that tenofovir gel prevents both HIV and HSV-2 infection published in Science and ranked by Science as one of the top 10 breakthroughs in 2010.

Her research is the culmination of more than 20 years of research on HIV infection in women, including seminal contributions on the evolving epidemiology and prevention of HIV in women as reflected in her extensive publications several in high impact journals including Science, Nature, Lancet and the New England Journal of Medicine. 

Her contributions extend to HIV treatment, where she is a key investigator in the research team that defined when to initiate antiretroviral treatment in TB-HIV co-infected patients that was the basis for the WHO’s international policies and guidelines on TB and HIV co-treatment.  In addition to her research, she has contributed to post-graduate training of more than 300 young South African scientists in HIV and TB research through the Columbia University - Southern African Fogarty AIDS International Training and Research Program, which she directs. Dr Abdool Karim is a Professor in Public Health at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University in New York and Associate Scientific Director of CAPRISA – Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. 

She has been the recipient of several  international and national awards for her scientific contributions the most recent being the Order of Mapungubwe conferred by the South African  State President, a highest recognition for a citizen that recognizes excellence and personal accomplishments which have made a significant impact globally.

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Reddy, Batmanathan Dayanand (Daya), Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2006
Applied Mathematics
Born in 1953, Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Prof. Reddy obtained his B.Sc. in 1973 from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and PhD in 1977 from the University of Cambridge (UK). He holds the South African Research Chair in Computational Mechanics at the University of Cape Town.

Prof Reddy held a post-doctoral position at the Department of Civil and Municipal Engineering of University College of London (UK) in 1978. He thereafter returned to South Africa to the University of Cape Town as Lecturer, becoming Full Professor in 1989 in the Department of Applied Mathematics of UCT. His research interests lie at the intersection of continuum mechanics, numerical analysis, and scientific computing and include the following: the formulation in mathematical terms of problems in continuum mechanics, studies of the well-posedness of such problems; construction by computational means of approximate solutions; and studies of the quality of such approximations.

Particular areas of interest are mixed finite element methods; and modeling and computation for problems in plasticity and biomechanics. Prof. Reddy is Director of the Centre for Research in Computational and Applied Mechanics and served as Dean of the Faculty of Science at the University of Cape Town over the period 1999 – 2005. He is currently President of the Academy of Science of South Africa. Among his honours, Prof Reddy has received the Order of Mapungubwe from the President of South Africa, for distinguished contributions to science internationally.

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Tobias, Phillip Vallentine, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2006,
Medical Sciences & Anatomy and Physical Anthropology
Born in 1925, South Africa

Prof Tobias obtained his MBBCh (Medical Degree) in 1950, PhD in genetics in 1953, DSc in paleo-anthropology in 1967 from the University of Witwatersrand (South Africa) and held a position of Senior lecturer in the same the University.

He is Professor Emeritus of anatomy and human biology and holds different Honorary Doctorates (University of Santo Amaro of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Cornell University Ithaca, USA).

His research interets include medicine, anatomy and anthropolgy. He has served at UWits as Head of the Department of Anatomy, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Director of the Paleo-Anthropology Research Unit of the Department of Anatomical Science, Director of Sterkfontein research Unit of the School of Anatomical Science and Chancellor of the Global Foundation. He established the Committee of the ‘living memorial’ to Professor R.A. Dart and the Raymond Dart Institute(now Institute for the Study of Mankind in Africa).

He was Chair of the Kalahari Research Committee, Leader of the Paleo-Anthropology Research Programme, founder of the Academy of Science of South Africa and Vice-President of the World Cultural Council (Mexico). He is member of Royal Society of London, National Academy of Science (USA); Australian Academy of Science and the Geographical Society of Lisbon. He has 1074 publications.

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Tutu, Desmond, ArchBishop - Nobel Peace Prize Laureat (1984)

Fellow of AAS since 1991,
Born in 1931, South Africa

The Archbishop Tutu obtained first degree in 1954 from the univesity of South Africa and his M.Sc. in Theology in 1966 (UK). He then taught theology for 5 years at the School of Theology of the Anglican community of South Africa.

He has been the Bishop of Lesotho; the first Black African Dean of St. Mary’s Cathedral (Johannesburg), Secretary General of the South African Council of Churches and Archbishop of Cape Town. He has also Honorary Doctorates from a number of Universities in USA (Harvard University), UK (University of Kent) and Germany (Ruhr University).

He is currently Archbishop Emeritus and Chairman of the group of “The Elders” (a private initiative mobilizing the experience of Senior World leaders outside the conventional diplomatic process). His interests focus on democracy and just society; forgiveness and cooperation rather than revenge for past injustices; conflict resolution and peace promotion around the World.

He criticized the apartheid system; called for equal rights and common education, the repeal of the oppressive restrictions and the cessation of forced deportation from the “homelands” in South Africa. He was subjected to the crudeness of the apartheid Government but; advised for non violence resistance. He was Chair of the Commission “Truth and Reconciliation” for the peaceful settlement in South Africa appointed by the former President Nelson Mandela. He has published collections of his speeches like Crying in the Wilderness, Hope and Suffering and the Making of a Peaceful Revolution.

He was named by the US President Barack Obama to receive the Presidential Medal of freedom for his efforts to peace accomplishments.

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Crewe Robin, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2012
Born 1946,  South Africa.
Biological Sciences

Prof. Robin Crewe obtained his Bachelors and Masters Degrees at the University of Natal and doctoral degree from the University of Georgia in the USA for a study of ant alarm pheromones.

He returned to the University of Natal as a lecturer of Entomology. He later moved to the University of the Witwatersrand where he established the Communication Biology Research Group (CBRG) and was its Director for a decade.

He was also appointed, successively, as head of the department of Zoology, deputy-dean of the Faculty of Science and then Dean of the Faculty of Science. He then moved to the University of Pretoria as the Dean of the Faculty of Biological and Agricultural Sciences and established the Social Insects Research Group (SIRG) within the Department of  Zoology and Entomology. He also served as Dean of the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences and is now the Acting Senior Vice-principal of the University and interim chair of the National Research Foundation of South Africa.

Prof. Crewe’s research activities fall into two major areas (1) The exploration of the diversity of ponerine ant social organization, which has resulted in the publication of a number of the studies on P. berthoudi and Steblognathus. Both studies provided significant insights into both facultative polygyny (P. berthoudi) and showed that establishing dominance hierarchies has significant endocrinological effects that are associated with ovary activation.  (2) The complexity of the relationships between queens, between queens and workers, and amongst workers in honeybees. In queen-less colonies, workers have been shown to undertake pheromonal contests that result in the establishment of dominant individuals with activated ovaries who monopolize reproduction.

This results in forms of social organisation and social parasitism that were not previously thought to exist within honeybee colonies. The conventional wisdom was that queens regulated worker reproduction and that at best workers could reproduce in queen-less colonies. These findings have significant implications for commercial apiculture and the maintenance of honeybee biodiversity.

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MARWALA, Tshilidzi, Prof


Professor Tshilidzi Marwala is a Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment at the University of Johannesburg.

He was a full Professor of Electrical Engineering, the Carl and Emily Fuchs Chair of Systems and Control Engineering as well as the South Africa Chair of Systems Engineering all at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Before this, he was an executive assistant to the technical director at the South African Breweries.

He holds a BSc in Mechanical Engineering (magna cum laude) from Case Western Reserve University, a Master of Mechanical Engineering from University of Pretoria, PhD in Engineering from University of Cambridge and was a post-doctoral associate at Imperial College. His research interests include applications of computational intelligence to engineering, computer science, finance and medicine.

He has extensive track record in human capacity development having supervised 39 Masters and 10 PhD graduates to completion. Some of these students have proceeded with their doctoral and post-doctoral studies at leading universities such as Harvard, Rutgers, Purdue, Oxford, Cambridge, British Columbia and Concordia.

He has published six books (4 published by Springer-Verlag, London), over 200 papers in journals, proceedings and book chapters and holds three international patents. He is an associate editor of the International Journal of Systems Science (Taylor and Francis Publishers) and was an associate editor of the South African Journal of Science. Marwala is a registered professional engineer in South Africa, a Fellow of The Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, Academy of Science of South Africa, South African Academy of Engineering and a distinguished member of the Association for Computing Machinery.

He has received more than 40 awards including the Order of Mapungubwe from the South African Government and the President’s Award from the National Research Foundation.

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Pieter Steyn, Prof

Organic Chemistry

Prof Steyn PhD (UNISA, 1967) and PhD, h.c. (UNISA 2010) an organic chemist, has distinguished himself in the area of fungal toxins (mycotoxins) and plant toxins (particularly the bufadienolides).

He carried out research at the CSIR in Pretoria, at the North West University, and lately at the University of Stellenbosch. The research of Steyn culminated in the publication of more than 190 papers in the international scientific journals. The international status of Steyn in chemistry led to his election as President of the International Association of Cereal Science and Technology (ICC, Vienna) for 1992-1994 as well as to his election President of IUPAC for 2002 – 2003. It is remarkable that he was the first person from Africa to serve the international fraternity as President of IUPAC and of ICC.

Steyn is the recipient of the top medals of The SA Chemical Institute, The National Science and Technology Forum, The SA Association for the Advancement of Science, The SA Academy of Science, Die SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (Afrikaans Academy), as well as the coveted Friedrich Schweitzer Medal of ICC (1993). The Republic of South Africa honoured Steyn in 2012 by the Award of the National Order of Mapungubwe (Class Silver) for his excellent contributions to and achievements in the chemistry and biosynthesis of mycotoxins.

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PILLAY, Viness, Prof

Pharmaceutical Sciences

Professor Viness Pillay obtained his Master of Pharmacy (cum laude) from the University of Durban-Westville (South Africa) in 1996.

His PhD was completed at Temple University (USA) as a Fulbright Scholar in 2000. He is currently a South African National Research Foundation Chair in ‘Pharmaceutical Biomaterials and Polymer-Engineered Drug Delivery Technologies’, a Personal Professor of Pharmaceutics and Executive Director of the Wits Advanced Drug Delivery Platform (WADDP) (http://www.wits.ac.za/waddp). 

The WADDP is funded by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), Medical Research Council, National Research Foundation, and several other prestigious grant funders. The WADDP encompasses the development of commercializable drug delivery technologies that provide ingenious solutions to the limitations of current pharmaceutical drug products used for treating many diseases that contribute to the immense public health afflictions in Africa and globally.

Prof. Pillay is a pioneer of drug delivery research on the African continent and has been awarded a Center of Excellence from the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation in ‘Advanced Drug Delivery Technology’. He is a member of several prestigious academies that include the Academy of Science of South Africa, American Chemical Society, American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists, New York Academy of Sciences, Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences of South Africa and The Biomaterials Network. He also served as an Associate Professor of Pharmaceutics at Florida A&M University (USA). His research in the USA led to a granted US patent for the development of a monolithic controlled release tablet that was licensed to a US pharmaceutical company and currently provides benefit to patients globally.

Prof. Pillay is an author of more than 100 publications, over 10 book chapters and an inventor of more than 25 filed PCT patents. He is the brainchild behind the RapiDiss Wafer technology for treating infectious diseases in pediatrics

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Albertus Viljoen, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Agricultural Sciences/ Plant Pathology
Born in 1961

Prof Viljoen leads an African Consortium dealing with Foc TR4, a plant pathogenic fungus threatening food  security on the African continent), and coordinates the African Mycotoxin Network . He led the Global Promusa Fusarium Wilt Working Group from 2003 to 2007, and is currently helping the FAO to establish a Global program on Foc TR4. He organised the International ISHS/ProMusa Symposium on Banana Crop Protection for Sustainable Production and Improved Livelihoods in 2007, served as member of numerous scientific committees and working groups, and acted as keynote speaker at many international conferences worldwide.

He serves as consultant on banana Fusarium wilt internationally and was selected a Chinese National Foreigner Expert in 2014. Viljoen is partner of a CGIAR-funded project on maize breeding in Africa, and a BMGF project on banana breeding in Africa. He is also organizer of the first African Mycotoxin Symposium that will be hosted in 2015.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc.

  • South African Society of Plant Pathology
  • American Phytopathological Society
  • British Society of Plant Pathology
  • International Society of Horticultural Sciences.

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Michael Ian Cherry, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Ecology, zoology, genetics
Born in 1959

Together with Andy Bennett, in 2001 Prof Cherry was the first to investigate matching between avian brood parasites and their hosts using ultraviolet visible reflectance spectrophotometry (119 citations to date).

His subsequent work has challenged some aspects of the prevailing dogma in the theory of avian brood parasitism. Specifically,  Prof Cherry and his co-workers hav challenged the prevailing theory which predicts that lower levels of intra-clutch variation in host eggs facilitate the detection of brood parasitism.

His 2002 paper with Monnet on the evolution of sexual size dimorphism in anurans is my most cited paper (124 citations to date).  It emphasizes the importance of life history traits in the evolution of sexual size dimorphism in this group. He has 69 publications


1984-1988   Smartt Memorial Scholarship; Van Staveren Memorial Scholarship; Overseas Research Scholarship; Crossley Bursary

1994 - Special Merit Award for museum scientists (Foundation for Research Development)

2001 - Visiting fellow, School of Biological Sciences, Bristol University (funded by Royal Society)

2006; 2009 Oppenheimer Fellow, Edward Grey Institute of Field Ornithology, Oxford University

2012 - Elected member, Academy of Science of SA.

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Eugene Thomas Cloete, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Water Research, Microbiology
Born in 1958

Prof Cloete has had an illustrious career. A record number of 100 MSc and PhD students completed their studies under his leadership. 38 of these students obtained an MSc degree in water resource management, a degree that he introduced while at the University of Pretoria.  Of his students 7 became professors and Senior Lecturers. Many of his other students hold senior leadership positions in industry and non-academic organisations and have received significant awards.

He has made a major impact on the South African research landscape as acting and founder CEO of BioPAD, setting the scene for Biotechnology research in SA.   As Vice-president of the International Water Association (IWA) and Chairman of the IWA Strategic Council he gives strategic direction of the largest association of water professionals in the world.  He is currently leading a NEPAD water initiative involving a number of SA and SADC universities.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc
Prof Cloete has received many national and international awards, including Gold medal award of the South African Academy of Sciences. He has also been recognised by the South African Water Industry for his excellence in research contribution to the sector. He is recipient of numerous Outstanding Academic Awards including from University of Pretoria, a Fellow of the International Water Association and the Southern Africa Water Institute.

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Wentzel C. Andreas Gelderblom, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Chemical carcinogenesis with emphasis on foodborne mycotoxins and chemoprevention
Born in 1951

Prof Gelderblom has a long standing scientist experience and currently appointed as Research Chair in the Institute of Biomedical and Microbial Biotechnology, Cape Peninsula University of Technology in Bellville. He has previously been Unit Director, Programme on Mycotoxins and Experimental Carcinogenesis. South African Medical Research Council, after years of being a chief specialist scientist and interim director.

Following the isolation and characterisation of the carcinogenic mycotoxins, the fumonisins by Prof Gelderblom, 120 scientific papers in leading scientific journals and 11 book chapters have been published. These contributions made major scientific impact, have been cited in the literature many times (H-index of 40; Scopus) which stimulated research in institutions worldwide. Prof Gelderblom served on international research working groups of the WHO (JECFA) and International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France on the evaluation of risk parameters and carcinogenesis potency of chemicals including the fumonisins and received the IARC visiting scientist award during 1996. He was appointed as scientific expert for the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (2011-2015). He is regularly invited as plenary speaker and chairperson to several national and international conferences and international working group meetings on the regulation and control of mycotoxins in Africa (IARC, 2014). He conducted ground breaking research on the cancer preventive properties of South African herbal teas and dietary fatty acids against fumonisin B1 hepatocarcinogenesis. Received research grants from the South African Rooibos Council, the Cancer Association of South Africa and the National Research Foundation. Prof Gelderblom promoted/co-promoted MSc (10) and PhD (15) degrees at local universities. Appointed as associate editor (Mycopathologia; 2005-2008) and served on the Editorial Board of Toxin Reviews and Scientific World Journal (2011 to 2014). 

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Neil John Coville, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Chemistry; Materials; Catalysis
Born in 1945

Prof Coville’s early training was in organometallic chemistry and from 1968 till about 1988 this was the main focus of his research –to devise synthetic strategies to make organometallic compounds using new and novel catalysts. Since then he has established himself in the areas of catalysis and carbon chemistry.

He has also participated and contributed to the scientific establishment: (i) Founder, Chair and member of the Catalysis Society of SA (CATSA), (ii) member and past President of SACI, (iii) involvement with SANi (SA Nanotechnology Initiative); former editor of the SANi newsletter, (iv) group leader in IBSA Energy projects and (v) currently FASC (Federation of African Societies of Chemistry) President (2013-2015).
He has served on many NRF and other scientific committees over the course of his career. He is a member and Fellow of numerous Societies. He has generated new concepts and ideas in organometallic chemistry, catalysis and carbon chemistry.

Recognitions: Membership in national and other academies, Prizes, Awards, etc

  • 1997 SACI Gold Medal
  • 2000 Mischa-Mrost Award (SACI)
  • 2003 Merck Gold Medal (SACI)
  • 2005 Vice Chancellor‟s award for Research
  • 2005 NSTF award for capacity development
  • 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award, Cat Soc SA
  • 2010 Merck Gold Medal (SACI)
  • 2011 Barker Lecture, Rhodes University
  • 2013 NRF award: Champion of research capacity development at South African higher education institutions.

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Roseanne Denise Diab, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Atmospheric Science; Climate Change
Born in 1949

A researcher with a considerable international reputation, Professor Diab has served on a large number of international bodies and played an active role in steering scientific research. In 2010, she was elected to serve as Co-Chair of the Inter Academy Council (IAC) review panel tasked to undertake a review of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

She has been recognized for her achievements through election to membership of many Academies. She has been a Fulbright Senior Scholar at the University of Maryland, USA and had a residency at the Rockefeller Centre in Bellagio.
In her capacity as Executive Officer of ASSAf , she has also taken a lead role In promoting many studies in her field such as “Towards a Low Carbon City”, "Technological Innovations for a Low Carbon Society" and the "State of Green Technologies in South Africa".

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc

  • 2002 Fulbright Senior Researcher
  • 2002 Fellow of South African Society of Geographers
  • 2003 Fellow of the University of Natal
  • 2006 Member of the Academy of Science of South Africa
  • 2011 Fellow of the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World (TWAS)
  • International Association for Impact Assessment National Association of Clean Air –Committee member 1993-1998, Council member 2009-2011 South African Institute of Ecologists and Environmental Scientists –Board member 1999-2002 South African Society for Atmospheric Sciences –Council member 1987-2000 Society of South African Geographers.

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Gary Stevens, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Metamorphic Petrology Igneous Petrology, Experimental Petrology;
Born in 1965

Prof Gary Stevens is the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARCHI) Research Chair in Experimental Petrology (Tier 1) at Stellenbosch University and is also the Director of the Central Analytical Facility at Stellenbosch University. Stevens has an H-index of 23. His current mandate as a (SARCHI) grant holder is to produce significant numbers of high-quality MSc and PhD graduates and he has graduated 5 PhD students and 8 MSc students in the last four years.

All of the PhD graduates have published in good quality journals.  In his role as CAF Director he has helped shape the only comprehensive, open-access, financially self-sustaining provider of analytical services in South Africa. As a result he is frequently consulted by research intensive South African universities on creating sustainable centralized analytical services.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc

  • 1996 FRD President’s Award.
  • 1997 The Wits Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award.
  • 1998 The Geological Society of South Africa Jubilee Medal
  • 2000 The Royal Society of South Africa’s Meiring Naude Medal
  • 2007 NRF/DST SARChI Tier 2 Research Chair
  • 2012 NRF/DST SARChI Tier 1 Research Chair
  • Geological Society of South Africa, Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

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Hendrik Geyer, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Theoretical Physics Quantum Many-Body Theory, Nuclear Theory
Born in 1953

A significant legacy of Prof Geyer's work is the establishment of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics in South Africa, inaugurated in 2008 with the participation of Physics Nobel laureates David Gross and George Smoot, and physics celebrity Stephen Hawking.  Geyer played the leading role in preparing the NITHeP proposal accepted by government and acted as interim NITHeP director from 2006-2008.

Initiated the African Theoretical Physics Postdoctoral Programme at STIAS (externally funded by Stanford University and the Flora Family Foundation); funding level R1,7 million
Organizer of the 4th International Workshop on Pseudo-Hermitian, Hamiltonians in Quantum Physics, Stellenbosch, South Africa, Nov
2005 (see http://www.sun.ac.za/workshop/); member of the Scientific Advisory Committee for other meetings in this international series.
Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc
Academy of Science of South Africa (since 2009)
Royal Society of South Africa (FRSSAf) (since 2004)
American Physical Society (since 1998)
South African Institute of Physics (since 1980)
Organization of Theoretical Physicists (SA) (since 1978; as chairperson 1998 -- 2005).

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Andries Johannes Van der Walt, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2014
Law, Property, Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Theory
Born in 1956
Prof Van der Walt is a leading international scholar, particularly in Constitutional Property Law. His book Constitutional Property Law (3rd ed 2011) is prescribed for a final year course at Harvard Law School as from September 2006. He was invited in 2012 as the only South African to join 16 scholars from around the world to teach and supervise an international doctoral programme, presented by the universities of Kiel, Glasgow, Antwerp and Tilburg, on Globalisation and Legal Theory.

In 2013 he was the only South African academic (in addition to two former and one then current Chief Justice of South Africa) to be invited by the Dean of Harvard Law School to attend and to speak in honour of Prof Frank I Michelman, one of the three most cited lawyers in the US.

In 2014 he was the first and still only non-US scholar to receive the merit award of the international Association for Law, Property and Society (ALPS).

His work has been cited in South African literature and court decisions since 1984. Significant citations in court decisions include central decisions of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal. Significant citations in international sources include books and journal articles in the US, the UK, the Netherlands and Australia.
Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc.
Member, Academy of Sciences of South Africa
Fellow, Royal Society of South Africa.

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Bernard Chrsitiaan Lategan, Prof

AAS Fellow since 2014
Classical Languages, Hermeneutics, Theology, Value Studies
Born in 1938

Prof Lategan is the Founding Director of STIAS (the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study), a high-level, interdisciplinary think tank and the only institution of its kind in Africa. The objective is to provide "a creative space for the mind" where Africa's leading researchers can work in close co-operation with their counterparts from all over the globe on issues that are of special relevance for the continent.

Lategan' basic training in classical languages led to an interest in interpretation and the conditions for human communication and understanding. He applied basic hermeneutical principles from linguistics, philosophy and theology to other fields like the interpretation of law, the writing of history, value studies and the facilitation of social change. This led inter alia to the design of an inclusive process for the development of common values in situations of diversity and conflict and the establishment of effective workplace forums. The process was subsequently implemented successfully in a variety of companies and organizations.   He was an executive member of the World Values Survey and participated in international comparative value studies and processes of democratization with colleagues from Africa, Europe, the Americas and Asia."

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc
Member of the South African Academy of Sciences
Member of the Board, South African Academy of Religion
Member, International Advisory Committee on Human Scale Development
Member of the Council of the Africa Institute
Member of the Society of Biblical Literature
Chair, FRD Committee for Religion, Classical Languages and related fields
Assistant Secretary for International Initiatives, SNTS, 2009 -2013 Visiting Professor/Research Fellow at various universities in South African, Europe and North America.
General Secretary of the New Testament Society of South Africa Editor and publisher of Scriptura, Tydskrif vir Bybelkunde/Journal of Biblical Studies
Member of the Editorial Board, Biblical Interpretation (Brill, Leiden) Member of the Editorial Board, Neotestamentica.

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Adam Mahomed Habib, Prof

Fellow of AAS  since 2015
Political Science, Higher Education
Born in 1965

Prof Habib is the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.  

Professor Adam Habib is an academic, an activist, an administrator and a renowned political media commentator and columnist. Transformation, democracy and development are fundamental themes of Professor Habib’s research which spans over 30 years, five universities and multiple local and international institutions, boards and task teams.

His professional involvement in institutions has always been defined by three distinct engagements: the contest of ideas; their translation into actionable initiatives; and the building of institutions. He is well-published and a renowned key leader in higher education and political studies in South Africa and around the world. His latest book, South Africa’s Suspended Revolution: Hopes and Prospects, published in 2013, has already made waves internationally. The book focuses on South Africa’s transition into democracy and its challenges and prospects for inclusive development. Professor Adam Habib plays a significant role in the project to transform higher education in South Africa and is on the Presidential Task team that is currently working to address funding in the country’s universities.

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Fazal M Mahomed, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Algebraic and Geometric Methods for Differential Equations
Born in 1960

Prof Mohamed has successfully supervised five Master’s and twenty PhD students. In addition to editing nine books, proceedings and journal special issues, he has  authored/co-authored more than 200 peer-reviewed articles. He also also acted as reviewer for more than 90 international journals and sits on the editorial boards of nine journals and has been an invited speaker in a number of international conferences worldwide.

Prof Mohamed has also organised a large number of conferences and symposiums and is also coordinator for the World Mathematical Year 2000 for South Africa. Since re-admission, he served two terms in the International Commission on Development and Exchange (CDE) of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) beginning in 1999.

In 1997 he received the Vice-Chancellor’s Research Award for Research Excellence from the University of Witswatersrand, and was awarded with a fellowship from the Royal Society of South Africa 2010 as well as membership of the Academy of Science of South Africa in 2011. He is recognized was an NRF A-rated researcher in 2013. In 2014 he was recipient of the Transformation of the Science Cohort Award by the NRF of South Africa. Prof Mohamed is an honorary member of the South African Mathematical Society. He also belonged to the South African National Committee for the International Mathematical Union (IMU) 1997; was Director of the Centre for Differential Equations, Continuum Mechanics and Applications 1998-2014.

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Thokozani Majozi, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Chemical Engineering/ Process Integration
Born in 1972

Prof Majozi started his professional career as a junior process engineer at Unilever in 1994. In 1996 he was appointed as a senior process engineer: competency improvement specialist at Dow AgroSciences and in 2002 he joined Sasol Technology as a technology leader for optimization and integration. He was appointed as an associate professor at University of Pretoria in 2004 and promoted to a full professor at the end of 2008. He was also an associate professor in computer science at the University of Pannonia in Hungary from 2005 to 2009.

Using his novel continuous-time framework as the basis, Prof Majozi developed a novel technique for wastewater minimisation in discrete chemical operations.  Johnson & Johnson (Pty) Ltd, East London, South Africa, used this technique to reduce their effluent by 20% by the end of 2007. In addition to wastewater minimization, he has successfully demonstrated how this model can be applied to minimization of energy in time dependent operations. He has also been the first researcher in his field to highlight and successfully model the impact of human intervention in batch chemical processes. In 2005 Prof Majozi developed a continuous process integration technique for systems involving both heat and mass transfer with the objective of minimising or eliminating effluent (liquid waste) in chemical industries. Prof Majozi’s contributions in this area involve a graphical targeting and design technique for systems that can be captured in two dimensions and a mathematical technique for simultaneous targeting and design of cooling water systems with more complicated constraints as usually encountered in practice. The results of this work were implemented by African Explosives Limited (AEL) in Modderfontein wherein savings of more than 49% in effluent generation and almost R1 million per annum were realised. This work was the subject of the publication in South African Journal of Science. Currently, Prof Majozi and his students are collaborating with Sasol Technology on an Optimal Steam System Design Project aimed at debottlenecking the steam boilers at Sasol facilities. His work has earned him local and international recognition in the field of chemical engineering as indicated by the awards that he has received in recent years.

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Peter Vale, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Social Science/Humanities/ International Relations
Born in 1947

Peter Vale is Professor of Humanities at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), South Africa, as well as Director of the Johannesburg Institute for Advanced Study (JIAS). JIAS launched in May 2015 and is a joint initiative of UJ and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. JIAS aims to reach beyond the regular teaching and research routines of contemporary higher education by encouraging collaborative and focused scholarly initiatives in both the Humanities and Physical Sciences.

Born in Duiwelskloof (now Modjadjiskloof), he matriculated from Capricorn High School in 1965 and went on to do a BA Hons degree at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), Johannesburg, in International Relations graduating in 1973. He then completed his MA in Politics at Leicester University, United Kingdom (UK), in 1977, as a full-time student, and PhD in 1980 at the same institution, part-time.

Vale started his career as a Financial Journalist in 1971 and moved into academia as the Assistant Director of the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in 1973. He went on to work as a Research Fellow at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in the UK (1978-1979) and, later, as a Lecturer in the Department of International Relations at Wits. In 1981 Vale returned to SAIIA as the Director of Research. Successively, thereafter he was Director of the Institute for Social and Economic Research at Rhodes University (1983-1988) and of the Centre for Southern African Studies at the University of the Western Cape (UWC) (1989-1998). Professor Vale also served as the Acting Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs and Deputy Vice Chancellor at UWC between 1999 and 2001. From 2001-2003 he was a Senior Professor in the School of Government at UWC, before returning to Rhodes University as the Nelson Mandela Chair of Politics. In 2010 Vale moved to UJ.

Currently, Vale Chairs the Academy Advisory Board of STIAS (The Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study), and the ASSAf Standing Committee on the Humanities. Between 2008 and 2011, he co-chaired (with Jonathan Jansen) the first inquiry into the state of the Humanities in South Africa for the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf).

Among visiting appointments, he has been UNESCO Professor of African Studies at Utrecht University, The Netherlands (1996-97); Fellow at the International Centre for Advanced Studies, New York University (2002); and Professor of Politics, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia (2008). He has also been is also been a Visiting Professor at the University of Bergen, Norway (2012).

Professor Vale has been honoured with the International Medal of the University of Utrecht and Rhodes University’s Distinguished Senior Research Award. His 2003 book, Security and Politics in South Africa: The Regional Dimension, received the Vice-Chancellor’s Book Award at Rhodes University. He is an elected member of the Academy of Science of South Africa (MASSAf), a Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa (FRSSAf), Lid van Die Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (LAkadSA), and Fellow of the World Academy for Arts and Science (FWAAS). In 2013, Vale delivered the E.H. Carr Memorial Lecture at Aberystwyth University, Wales, the most prestigious lecture in the field of International Relations.Vale has been a prolific contributor to public debate in South Africa and elsewhere, and continues to write on Higher Education for the Johannesburg-based national weekly Mail & Guardian.

Professor Vale’s research interests included social thought, intellectual traditions in South Africa, the future and politics of higher education and the origins of International Relations in South Africa. He has published extensively (both at home and abroad) in all these fields. His most recent co-edited books were on South African Intellectual Traditions (with Lawrence Hamilton and Estelle H Prinsloo),Critical Perspectives on South Africa after 20 years of democracy (with Estelle H. Prinsloo), and Political Studies in South Africa (with Pieter Fourie).

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Deresh Ramjugernath, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Chemical Thermodynamics and Separation Technology
Born in 1972

Prof Ramjugernath has over a relatively short time as an academic and researcher supevised 65 MSc and MScEng and 24 PhD graduates, the majority in the field of chemical engineering.  In his capacity as Director of the Thermodynamics Research Unit at University of KwaZulu-Natal and as South African Research Chair in Fluorine Process Engineering and Separation Technology, he built what is arguably the largest and best research group in chemical thermodynamics and separation technology in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the top 3 groups globally.

Prof. Ramjugernath has to date published in excess of 240 peer-reviewed journal papers and over 300 national and international conference papers. He has also authored numerous consulting and technical reports. In addition, he has published 5 chapters in books and has 5 patents which have been either granted or filed.

Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes:

  • Member:  Academy of Sciences of South Africa
  • Fellow: South African Academy of Engineering
  • National Research Foundation (NRF) (South Africa) President’s Award
  • National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) (South Africa) Award: Exceptional Young Black Researcher over the last 2 to 5 years
  • National Science and Technology Forum (NSTF) Award: Researcher for Research Capacity Development over the last 5 to 10 years
  • University of KwaZulu-Natal Vice-Chancellor's Research Award

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Hoosen Coovadia, Prof

AAS Fellow since 2015
Paediatrics and Child Health
Born in 1940

Prof Coovadia’s main contributions include critical research into the most serious health problems of children in Africa. He has published leading papers on the basic science and pathogenesis, clinical management, epidemiology, prevention, and socio-contextual factors, for the major causes of morbidity, disability and mortality, among Africa`s children.

His key research has been in the fields of Malnutrition, Kidney Disorders and Infectious Diseases, especially Mother to Child Transmission of HIV through Breastfeeding. In total he has mentored 15 PhDs, and 8 Masters in Science degrees. He was the International Vice-Chair of an NIH Network on Paediatric HIV. He has held editorial positions on a number of key international and national journals, and he regularly reviews papers for The Lancet and other high-impact journals, and often assesses proposals from the Welcome Trust and other agencies. He has been a member some major international organisations` committees such as UNAIDS and WHO, and was the chair of the prestigious Xlllth International AIDS Conference held in Durban, South Africa in 2000. His plethora of awards include the Medical Research Council President’s Award in 2014, the National Research Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and the American Association for the Advancement of Science Award in 2013.

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Gordon Seymour Shephard, Prof

Fellow of AAS since 2015
Chemistry: Mycotoxicology, food safety and risk assessment
Born in 1949

Prof Shephard has served as consultant and advisor for the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Standards and Trade Development Facility (STDF). He has served on the Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) and was vice-chair of the 56th meeting.

He serves on the editorial board of a number of journals, including Applied and Environmental Microbiology, Mycotoxin Research and Food Additives and Contaminants and is a section editor of the World Mycotoxin Journal. He is General Referee for Mycotoxins at AOAC International and member of the African Experts Committee for Codex Committee on Contaminants. He is vice-president of the International Society for Mycotoxicology (ISM). He has served on various scientific committees for international conferences. Prof Shephard has published widely and is the author or co-author of 211 scientific publications, of which over 160 are on mycotoxin related issues.
Recognitions: membership in national and other academies, prizes, awards, etc.

  • ISI certificate as among the top 15 researchers in the field of Agriculture based on citations from papers published and cited 1991 to 2001. (April 2002)

  • First award presented by the World Mycotoxin Forum for services to the Forum in the role of speaker, chair, rapporteur and organizer. (November 2013)

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