Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science (S2A3) Award

South Africa Medal (Gold)


Emeritus Professor Timothy Noakes (2014), Department of Human Biology, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Timothy Noakes, emeritus professor and former professor of exercise and sports science at UCT, co-founded the South African Sports Science Institute (SSISA) and has produced more than 500 scientific publications, has been cited more than 15 000 times in scientific literature, has an h-index of 66 and is rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. 


Professor Maarten Johan de Wit (2013), Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Faculty of Science.

Maarten Johan de Wit is professor of geology in the Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences and has published some 200 papers in international journals, co-edited three books, and is the author of Minerals and Mining in Antarctica: Science and Technology, Economics and Politics. In 2005, he became the founding director of the Africa Earth Observatory Network (AEON), a transdisciplinary research institute. Since 2011 he has held a personal chair of Earth Stewardship Science at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth. This award recognises his work in elucidating our understanding of the young Earth and the origin of continents. 


Professor Dan Stein (2012), Department of Psychiatry and Mental Health, Faculty of Health Sciences.

Psychiatric disorders account for the third largest portion of South Africa's disease burden. Yet mental disorders remain the most stigmatised and grossly neglected of medical conditions. Professor Dan Stein has dedicated more than 20 years of his life to the study of mental illness, with work ranging from clinical neuroscience through to public mental health. Read full profile


Late Professor Ralph Kirsch (2005), Department of Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences.

From 1980 to 2004, Professor Ralph Kirsch was executive director of the MRC/UCT Liver Research Centre. He was one of the first three recipients of the UCT Distinguished Teachers Award and an elected fellow of UCT. He went on to become director of the School of Adult Clinical Medicine, professor and head of the Department of Medicine, and chief specialist, Department of Medicine, Groote Schuur Hospital. In 2005 he received this award for the important and sustained research in the field of internal medicine.

British Association Medal (Silver)


Professor Genevieve Langdon (2014), Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment.

In 2014, this medal was awarded to Professor Genevieve Langdon in recognition of her outstanding research on the effects of explosion loading on lightweight materials. Her work aims to better understand how important structures such as public buildings or transport systems respond to explosion. Langdon performs actual explosive detonations under carefully controlled conditions, making her work unique in the world.


Professor Graeme S Cumming (2013), Department of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science.

Professor Graeme S Cumming, former professor at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute of African Ornithology, was awarded this medal in recognition of his impressive research contributions towards our understanding of the spatial aspects of ecology. 


Professor Peter Dunsby (2006), Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics, Faculty of Science.

Professor Peter Dunsby is professor of gravitation and conmology in the Department of Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. This award recognised his contribution to theoretical cosmology and particularly on the new theoretical challenges that have resulted from detailed studies of the anisotropy of the cosmic microwave background radiation and the more accurate determination of the Hubble parameter from the study of Type Ia supernovas.