Emeritus Professor Brian Warner received the degree of Doctor Science (honoris causa) in December 2009. Warner has vast work experience in lunar phenomena and astronomy, and he stands out as one of the most distinguished scientists to have made South Africa his home. His career spanning some 50 years has produced a "prodigious" scientific output, with 400 scientific papers and 18 books to his name. At least one, Cataclysmic Variable Stars, is considered definitive in its field.
Emeritus Professor George Ellis was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science (honoris causa) in December 2009. A UCT alumnus, Ellis is one of the most distinguished scholars this country has produced. In his more than 40 years' work experience, he has produced over 350 articles or chapters in books, and 12 books spanning disciplines as diverse as cosmology, complexity, neural development and the brain, science policy, social development, science and mathematics education, and the relationship between science and religion.
Professor Gavin Mooney was awarded the degree of Doctor of Social Science at the June graduation. He is considered to be one of the founding fathers of health economics. He has held the position of Professor of Health Economics at the University of Copenhagen, the University of Sydney and, most recently, Curtin University in Perth. Mooney has made an exceptional contribution to scholarship and the discipline of health economics both internationally and at the University of Cape Town.
Citation for admittance to the degree of Doctor of Social Science, honoris causa.
The late Richard Dudley was awarded an honorary doctorate in education in April 2009. As an educationalist, his involvement with the Teacher's League of South Africa over the apartheid years galled both the authorities and his immediate supervisors. An alumnus of UCT, Dudley's teaching career at Livingstone High in Cape Town over 39 years is widely recognised as the foundation upon which hundreds of former pupils built success in a wide range of professional and academic fields. By providing an alternative to the curricula of the Coloured Affairs Department, Dudley and his colleagues went well beyond what was required by the syllabus.