Professor Patricia Whitelock, winner of the SAIP De Beers Gold Medal 2018 for her outstanding research career in astronomy and astrophysics, and for her distinguished and extensive contributions to leadership, education and human capacity development of the Physics and Astronomy community.
The SAIP Gold award is made for outstanding achievements in any of the following facets of any branch of Physics: research, education, technology and industrial development. As the highest standards are applied, the award is intended to be the greatest distinction that is conferred in South Africa for achievements in Physics.
Professor Mmantsae Moche Diale, newly appointed NRF SARChI Chair in Clean and Green Energy at the University of Pretoria, won the NSTF's Engineering Research Capacity Development Award.
South Africa's Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as the first President of the newly-formed International Science Council (ISC)
South Africa's Professor Daya Reddy has been elected as the first President of the newly-formed International Science Council (ISC). The elections took place during the inaugural General Assembly in Paris, France (03-05 July 2018). The ISC was formed following the merger of the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and the International Council for Science (ICSU). Prof Reddy has held the position of President-elect of ICSU since 2014.
The NRF is also pleased to confirm that Dr Saths Cooper was elected to the cohort of Ordinary Members.