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lies in the evolution of ancient threebillion-year-old cratonic regions.
Associate Professor Alistair Price
(Department of Private Law). His
research focuses on how human
rights have the potential to
influence private law in profound
honoured for “achieving worldclass research performance despite
considerable challenges”.
Endorsing February’s nomination,
Phakeng said he had overcome
significant difficulties in his life to
rise through the academic ranks and
become an international leader in the
field of plant ecology.
“His research record is impressive
by any standards, but is astounding
given that he did not get to complete
his PhD until the age of 42, mainly
because his early attempts to gain
tertiary education were scuppered
due to his involvement in the 1976
student uprisings,” she wrote.
He also faced further difficulties
due to poor mathematics education
during high school, and lack of
access to funding, all of which was
compounded by his dyslexia.
“He has produced over 60
publications and graduated 14 MScs
and four PhD students,” Phakeng
A ratings, which demonstrate
unequivocal support by their peers
for scientists as leading international
scholars in their fields of expertise,
and for their high quality and impact
of recent research outputs, were
awarded to:
Professor Kelly Chibale (Department
of Chemistry)
Professor Keertan Dheda
of Medicine)
Professor George Ekama
of Civil Engineering)
Professor Hans-Peter Kunzi
of Mathematics and Applied
Professor Edward Rybicki
of Molecular and Cell Biology)
Professor Heather Zar (Department
of Paediatrics and Child Health).
NRF chief executive Dr Molapo
Qhobela said, “These are men and
women whose work is helping
transform South Africa into a
knowledge-intensive society where
all derive equitable benefit from
science and technology.”
P ratings go to upcoming young
researchers who are considered
potential future leaders in their fields
internationally. Three went to UCT
scientists at this year’s event:
Dr Sarah Fawcett (Department
of Oceanography). Her primary
research field is earth and marine
sciences, with a special interest in
the ocean’s biogeochemical cycles.
Dr Geoffrey Howarth (Department
of Geological Sciences). An
ingenious petrologist, his interest


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