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SETI – Special Lecture by Paul Davies

Apr 26, 2016 No Comments by

Professor Paul Davies, physicist, cosmologist and best-selling author from Arizona State University, USA will deliver a free public talk titled “Are we alone – the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence” on 1st June (see details below)  Paul Davies’ research focuses on the “big questions” of existence, ranging from the origin of the universe to the origin […]

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Upcoming talks in Cape Town in 2016

Apr 26, 2016 No Comments by

The following free public talks are scheduled for 2016: May 18th – Prof. Emile Van Zyl FRSSAf, Dept of Microbiology at University of Stellenbosch on “The role of modern bioenergy (biomass/biogas, etc) towards a sustainable southern Africa” 1st June – SPECIAL LECTURE: see separate notice. June 22nd – Prof. Priscilla Baker, Department of Chemistry at UWC […]

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RSSAf Fellow helps in discovery of hidden galaxies behind Milky Way

Feb 23, 2016 No Comments by

An international team of scientists that includes a leading astronomy researcher from the University of Cape Town and one from the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) have helped to make a groundbreaking discovery by peering through the stars and dust of the Milky Way with a radio telescope to discover hidden galaxies beyond. Both are […]

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RSSAf announces new Honorary Fellow

Nov 19, 2015 No Comments by

At an Ordinary Meeting of the Royal Society of SA in Cape Town on the 18th November 2015, the new Honorary Fellow was announced.   The Society is proud to welcome : Peter Sarnak FRS, Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University The award is made in recognition of his outstanding research in combinatorics and number theory, which has […]

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RSSAf Announces new Fellows for 2015

Nov 19, 2015 No Comments by

At an Ordinary Meeting of the Royal Society of SA in Cape Town on the 18th November 2015, the results of the Fellowship Ballot were announced and recorded. The Society is proud to welcome the following to the Fellowship : CHRISTOPHER CHARLES APPLETON, Emeritus Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of KwaZulu-Natal RICHARD MARK COWLING, Distinguished Professor, […]

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Announcement of RSSAf Medals for 2016

Oct 19, 2015 No Comments

The Society is proud to announce the Medal Winners for 2016: JOHN F W HERSCHEL MEDAL in recognition of Highly Distinguished Multidisciplinary Contributions to the furtherance of Science, to : Professor Robert (Bob) Millar FRSSAf Director of the Mammal Research Institute and the University of Cape Town/Medical Research Council Receptor Biology Unit, President of the International Neuroendocrinology Federation […]

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Satellite linked time depth recorder on

Aug 13, 2014 No Comments

Southern elephant seal bull known to Marion Island sealers as ‘Sakkie’.  Photo Nico de Bruyn

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A touch of RSSAf history……

Mar 17, 2014 Comments Off on A touch of RSSAf history……

HENRY SELBY HELE-SHAW (1854-1941) – see sequel from Canada The name of Henry Selby Hele-Shaw, LL.D., D.Sc., D. Eng., F.R.S., Wh.Sch., is not well known to South Africans or even to Fellows and Members of the Royal Society of South Africa although he was one of the founders of the Society in the early 1900s.  […]

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Queuing to look up……

Sep 13, 2013 No Comments

Submitted by SA Astronomical Observatory

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Igneous layering in the Peninsula pluton

Aug 13, 2013 No Comments

of the Cape Granite Suite at Llandudno, submitted by John Clemens

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