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ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY

Honours roll


Honorary degrees awarded

All honorary graduates

This list gives the names of distinguished men and women on whom the University has, since its inception, bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa. Names of graduates known to be living at the time of publication are shown in italics.

Doctor's degrees

Architecture | Commerce | Economic Sciences | Education | Fine Art | Laws | Literature | Medicine | Music | Philosophy | Science | Science in Engineering | Science in Medicine | Social Science

Master's degrees

Arts | Arts in Architecture | Business Administration | City Planning and Urban Design | Education | Fine Art | Music | Science | Science in Medicine | Social Science

Doctor of Architecture

1998 Julian Arnold Elliott
2001 Revel Albert Ellis Fox

Doctor of Commerce

2001 Raymond Ackerman
2001 Wiseman Lumkile Nkuhlu

Doctor of Economic Sciences

2010 Tito Mboweni
David Lewis
1989 Leonard George Abrahamse
1996 William Gordon Bowen
1997 Michael John Levett
1986 Samuel Mokgethi Motsuenyane
2000
2006
John Davan, Lord Sainsbury
Amartya Kumar Sen
1983 Richard Samuel Sonnenberg
2004 Christopher Louis Sunter
1993 Sheila Terreblanche van der Horst

Doctor of Education

2010 Victor Ritchie
2009 Richard Dudley
1994 Nomvula Mtetwa
1984 Alan Jay Pifer
1997 Franklin Abraham Sonn

Doctor of Fine Art

2001 David Goldblatt

Doctor of Laws

2010 Judge Navi Pillay
Baroness Lynda Chalker
2008 Advocate George Bizos
Claire Palley
2007 Lord Steyn (Johan van Zijl Steyn)
Aung San Suu Kyi
2002 Kofi Annan
2007 Aung San Suu Kyi
1962 Margaret Livingstone Ballinger
1940 William Duncan Baxter
1939 Sir John Carruthers Beattie
1920 Sir Otto Beit
1935 William Henry Bell
1940 William Gavan Bennie
1943 Colin Graham Botha
1950 Martinus Christoffel Botha
1977 Guerino Renzo Bozzoli
1974 Albertonie Herman Broeksma
1955 Edgar Harry Brookes
1979 Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi
1920 Viscount Buxton
2004 Cheryl Ann Carolus
1956 Albert Victor Heron Carter
1951 The Hon Albert van der Sandt Centlivres
1943 Gabriel Gideon Cillie
1954 Ernest Marshall Owen Clough
1982 Michael McGregor Corbett
1968 Clive Sinclair Corder
1962
2006
William Hofmeyr Craib
Dennis Martin Davis
1956 Michiel Hendrik de Kock
1950 Alfred Aaron de Pass
1977 David Pieter de Villiers
1959 Jean Etienne de Villiers
1990 Réne Marquard de Villiers
1968 Johannes Christiaan de Wet
1990 John Mowbray Didcott
1976 Marius Anné Diemont
1996 Christopher John Robert Dugard
1939 The Rt Hon Sir Patrick Duncan
1973 Jacobus Petrus Duminy
1991 Sheena Duncan
1925 HRH Edward, Prince of Wales
1997 Colin Wells Eglin
1947 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
2003 Johannes Jacobus Fagan
1948 Arthur Wellesley Falconer
1994 Robert Feenstra
1963 William Fehr
1940 Edward Barnard Fuller
1950 Maria Emmeline Fuller
1958 Percival Carleton Gane
1934 The Hon Frederick George Gardiner
1997 Frene Noshur Ginwala
1993 Richard Joseph Goldstone
2007 Pravin Gordhan
1996 Gerald Gordon
1974 Marie Lydia Grant
1954 Leopold Greenberg
1945 James Stevenson Hamilton
1947
2006
Sidney Henry Haughton
Sir Bob AlexanderHepple
1940 David Bennie Hewat
1990 Anthony Maurice Honoré
1977 William Harold Hutt
1929 John William Jagger
2000 Jeffrey Jowell
1979 Ellison Kahn
1987 Sir Sydney Woolf Kentridge
1934 The Rev John Daniel Kestell
1952 Ralph Kilpin
1927 Sir John Gilbert Kotze
1948 Hermann Heinrich Kreft
2001 Pius Nkonzo Langa
1951 Sidney Warren Lavis
1925 The Rev Robert Laws
1929 Charles Edwardes Levis
1929 Sir Frederick Spencer Lister
1945 Thomas Loveday
1929 The Hon Daniel François Malan
1999 Ismail Mahomed
1960 Ernst Gideon Malherbe
1990 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
1953 Alexander Butter McDonald
2000 Nomaindia Mfeketo
2002 Wallace Amos Mgoqi
1948 Lady Lilian Michaelis
1923 Sir Maximilian Michaelis
1988 Hans Wilhelm Middelmann
1950 Henry Alford Moffat
1989 The Rt Rev Mmntlanyane Stanley Mogoba
1965 Henry Anderson Molteno
1925 The Rev Adriaan Moorrees
1959 John Murray Murray
1959 Stefan Meiring Naudé
1968 Sarel François Oosthuizen
2004 Catherine Mary Elizabeth O'Regan
1968 Sir Arnold Plant
1997 Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
1951 Humphrey Rivas Raikes
1926 The Hon Frances William Reitz
1968 Francois Charles Robb
1959 Alfred Adrian Roberts
1927 The Rt Hon Sir James Rose-Innes
1979 Anthony Edward Rupert
1923 The Rev John Munro Russell
2006 Albert Louis Sachs
1998 Salim Ahmed Salim
1958 The Hon Oliver Deneys Schreiner
1955 Albert Schweitzer
1994 Harold Jack Simons
1959 Thomas Broun Smith
1929 Sir William Henry Solomon
1955 Nellie Brown Spilhaus
1983 Erwin Spiro
1969 Stephen Henry Stackpole
1929 Sir Walter Ernest Mortimer Stanford
1962 Allan Farquhar Stephen
1985 Jan Hendrik Steyn
2007 Johan van Zijl Steyn
1986 Helen Suzman
1971 Joyce Thompson
1974 Newton Ogilvie Thompson
1922 Sir William Thomson
1993 The Most Rev Desmond Mpilo Tutu
1940 Hendrik Johannes van der Byl
1975 Pieter Voltelyn Graham van der Byl
1975 Abraham Johannes van der Merwe
1979 Richard Ernest van der Ross
1957 Hendrik Johannes van Eck
1929 The Rev Johannes Petrus van Heerden
1981 Paul van Warmelo
1968 The Hon Jacques Theodore van Wyk
1948 Gideon Brand van Zyl
1944 Ernest Frederick Watermeyer
1929 Jane Elizabeth Waterston
1940 Frederick Kilgour Wiener
1959
2006
George Wille
Rheinhard Zimmermann

Doctor of Literature

2010 Sir Antony Sher
Janet Suzman
Peter Magubane
2007 David Kramer
Taliep Petersen
2002 Chinua Achebe
1999 Richard Samuel Attenborough
1995 John Maxwell Coetzee
1983 Christian Frederick Beyers Naudé
1980 Izak David du Plessis
1922 The Rev Johannes du Plessis
1948 Jacob Daniel du Toit
1984 Athol Harold Lannigan Fugard
1978 Michael Gelfand
1995 Gert Johannes Gerwel
1986 Nadine Gordimer
1983 Samson Mbizo Guma
1967 Theodore Johannes Haarhoff
1993 Robin Hallett
1966
2006
Sir Keith Hancock
Bonisile John Kani
1994 Mendel Israel Kaplan
1954 Barend Batholomeus Keet
1929 Monsignor Frederick Charles Kolbe
2007 David Kramer
2006 David Lewis-Williams
1982 Sir Richard Edmonds Luyt
1994 Shula Eta Marks
1968 Owen Cardinal McCann
2003 Es’kia Mphahlele
1985 Harry Frederick Oppenheimer
1980 Diederik Johannes Opperman
2007 Taliep Petersen
1929 William Ritchie
1951 Maria Elizabeth Rothmann
1950 Oscar John Soley Satchel
1975 Isaac Schapera
2000 Karel Schoeman
1967 Christiaan Gustav Waldemar Schumann
1958 Oswald St Clair
2000 Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka
1998
2006
Leonard Monteath Thompson
Thomas Tlou
2003 Pieter-Dirk Uys
1968 Nicolaas Petrus van Wyk Louw
1987 Marthinus Versfeld
1968 Eric Anderson Walker

Doctor of Medicine

2010 Professor Jerry Coovadia
2001 Frances Ames
1986 Thomas Hamilton Bothwell
1996 Helen Annan Brown
1990 Maatje Vera Bührmann
1986 Daniel Jakob du Plessis
1989 Robert Johannes Goetz
2002 Siamon Gordon
1987 Arthur Landau
1982 Jan Hendrik Louw
1998 Hannah-Reeve Sanders
1984 Leo Schamroth
1987 Golda Selzer

Doctor of Music

1996 Lamar Crowson
2000 Angelo Gobbato
1957 Elsie Hall
1976 Dulcie Joyce Lind Howes
1996 Abdullah Ibrahim
1993 Miriam Zenzi Makeba
1963 Joseph Salvatore Manca
1941 William Joseph Pickerill
1982 Ivy Priaulx Rainier
1965 Hugh Travers Tracey
1972 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk
1948 Theophil Otto Frederick Charles Wendt

Doctor of Philosophy

1999 Kader Asmal
1999 Graça Sinhala Machel
2003 The Most Rev Njongonkulu Winston Hugh Ndungane
2002 Mark Shuttleworth

Doctor of Science

2009 Emeritus Professor Brian Warner
Emeritus Professor George Ellis
2008 Professor Jonathan Dorfan
Lord Leonard Wolfson
2007 Professor George Philander
1929 Othenio Abel
1955 Raymond Albert Alexander
2000 Bernhard Banaschewski
1967 Christiaan Neethling Barnard
1990 Charles Kimberlin Brain
1929 Abbé Henri Edouard Prosper Breuil
1979 Christiaan van der Merwe Brink
1979 John Fleming Brock
1929 Robert Broom
1967 Andries Charles Cilliers
1985 John Desmond Clark
1929 Henry Clay
1979 Jack Nicol Coetzee
1968 Robert Harold Compton
1929 Willem de Sitter
1985 Jacobus Stephanus de Wet
1944 Alexander Logie du Toit
1943 Petrus Johann du Toit
1972 Guy Abercrombie Elliot
1993 Michael William Feast
1930 Henry Georges Fourcade
1990 Christopher Friedrich Garbers
2000 Wieland Gevers
2005 Arnold Lewis Gordon
1929 Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr
2000 Trefor Jenkins
1929 Erich Kaiser
1982 Arthur Kipps
1997 Sir Aaron Klug
1925 Sir Robert Nelson Kotze
1929 Rudolf Marloth
1990 Jean Mayer
1929 John Todd Morrison
1921 Sir Thomas Muir
1988 Frank Reginald Nunes Nabarro
1968 Cecily Kathleen Niven
1935 Alexander Ogg
1968 Henry Olivier
2007 Samuel George Harker Philander
1953 Adrianus Pijper
1984 William Sage Rapson
1952 Gilbert Westacott Reynolds
1923 Arthur William Rogers
1929 Lord Rutherford
1955 Terence MacLeale Salter
1945 Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland
1995 Jacques Pierre Friedrich Sellschop
1929 Albert Charles Seward
1931 Jan Christiaan Smuts
1974 Gert Johannes Stander
1976 Richard Hugh Stoy
1979 Niko Stutterheim
1935 Sir Arnold Theiler
1988 Phillip Vallentine Tobias
1998 Johann Carl Vogel
1926 Willem Cornelis van der Sterr
1929 Josef Georg von Hevesy
1976 Trevor Lloyd Wadley
1929 David Meredith Seares Watson
1968 Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley
1935 Robert Burns Young
2008 Lord Leonard Wolfson

Doctor of Science in Engineering

2007 Mark Eberhard Dry
1943 Alfred Dale Lewis
1995 Algernon Charles Liebenberg
1999 John Brand Martin

Doctor of Science in Medicine

2008 Dr Eric Goemaere
2005 Mahomed Fareed Aboobaker Abdullah
1999 Sidney Cywes
2008 Eric Goemaere
1992 John Derek Lindsell Hansen
1998 Ralph George Hendrickse
1993 Sir Raymond Hoffenberg
1988 Stuart John Saunders

Doctor of Social Science

2009 Professor Gavin Mooney
2008 Professor Archie Mafeje
Dr Lillian Cingo
2004 Alexander Lionel Boraine
2004 Kurt Danziger
2008 Lillian Cingo
1994 Johannes Jacobus Fourie Durand
1993 John Christopher Hall
1988 Denis Eugene Hurley
2003 Kathryn Frieda Jagoe
1996 Philip Alford Potter
1993 Bonginkosi Meshack Radebe
2001 Mamphela Aletta Ramphele
1985 Leonard Read
2005 Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu
1980 William James Belt Slater
1981 Oscar David da Fonseca Wollheim

Master of Arts

1989 Max Coleman
1961 Reginald Frank Kennedy
1935 George Benjamin Kipps
2002 Vincent Kolbe
1945 Evelyn Mary Pike
1940 Edgar Orphan Vaughan

Master of Arts in Architecture

1936 Franklin Kaye Kendall

Master of Business Administration

1996 William Marshall Smith

Master of City Planning and Urban Design

1996 David Stanley Jack

Master of Education

1990 Peter Anderson
1944 William Henry Hemer
1958 John Scott Ivan McGregor
1951 Walter George Amos Mears
1995 Ntobsie Daphne Moletsane
1994 Makonza Ngambu

Master of Fine Art

2005 Johann Clemens Porer
1992 Hyme Rabinowitz
1993 Cecil Skotnes

Master of Music

1990 Artemisio Paganini

Master of Science

1953 Wilfred John Copenhagen
1974 Charles Gordon Campbell Dickson
1989 Elsie Elizabeth Esterhuysen
1955 Alfred John Elven Gibbs
1973 George Alfred Harding
1960 Arthur Cecil Harrison

Master of Science in Medicine

2003 Hamilton Naki

Master of Social Science

2002 Abdurrazack Achmat
2002 Dorothy Cleminshaw
1992 Max du Preez
1996 Margaret Elsworth
1990 Ivy Gcina
1993 Friday Mandla Mavuso
2005 Lucas Radebe
1994 Ruth Noel Robb
1990 Dorothy Zihlangu

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