2015 NRF Awards

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RSSAf Fellows amongst leading Researchers Honoured at NRF Awards and Herschel Medal winner Prof Michael Feast receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award

The Minister of Science and Technology (DST), Mrs. Naledi Pandor acknowledged the 2015 National Research Foundation (NRF) Awards recipients at a ceremony held at the Coastlands Umhlanga Hotel and Convention Centre in Durban on Thursday, 27 August 2015.
The award recipients, who are top researchers in South Africa, were celebrated for their continued pioneering work in advancing knowledge creation and innovation. The Awards recognised the significance and impact of their recent research outputs as judged by their peers through the NRF rating system.
Speaking at the function Minister Pandor noted that “South Africa’s progress towards a knowledge intensive economy rests on our ability, as a country, to develop a diverse – both in terms of race and gender- cohort of young researchers with high-end skills”.
“We congratulate today’s awardees, especially Professor Michael Feast for receiving the lifetime achievement award. We are confident that today’s awards will motivate you to do even more to grow the outputs of our national system of innovation and to train more researchers. Your continued contribution to our National System of Innovation will play a significant role in ensuring that the vision of South Africa set out in the National Development Plan is indeed achieved,” concluded Minister
Prof Feast’s award was based on a lifetime of extraordinary contributions, of international standard and impact, to the development of science in and for South Africa over an extended period of time, and for the manner in which his work has touched and shaped the lives and views of many South Africans.
Professor Feast is quite possibly the only academic to have published papers in Nature 66 years apart: the first in 1948, when he was just 21, and most recently last year when he was 87. “Feast is a truly stellar academic,” says Professor Danie Visser, deputy vice-chancellor for research and internationalisation, who nominated him for the award. “He is listed in the international Who’s Who, he has had a minor planet named after him (Asteroid no. 10985 Feast, discovered from Mt Palomar in October 1977) and has represented South African astronomy at the highest international level. Yet he remains one of the most unassuming and universally liked of researchers.”
In addition, at the Awards Ceremony, a number of scientists were awarded an ‘A’ rating. These are aimed at researchers who are unequivocally acknowledged by their peers as leading international scholars in their respective fields for the high quality and impact of recent research outputs. Acquiring an NRF rating generates considerable acknowledgement and respect for the individual researchers as well as their institutions. Amongst the awardees were the following Fellows of the Royal Society of SA : NRF-ratings-2015.docx

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