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

2001 Revel Albert Ellis Fox
1998 Julian Arnold Elliott

Doctor of Commerce

2001 Raymond Ackerman
2001 Wiseman Lumkile Nkuhlu

Doctor of Economic Sciences

2015 Dr Johannes De Villiers Graaff
2013 Allan Gray
2010 Tito Mboweni
2010 David Lewis
2006 Amartya Kumar Sen
2004 Christopher Louis Sunter
2000 John Davan, Lord Sainsbury
1997 Michael John Levett
1996 William Gordon Bowen
1993 Sheila Terreblanche van der Horst
1989 Leonard George Abrahamse
1986 Samuel Mokgethi Motsuenyane
1983 Richard Samuel Sonnenberg

Doctor of Education

2019 Jonathan Jansen
2018 Brian Percival O’Connell
2011 Stella Petersen
2010 Victor Ritchie
2009 Richard Dudley
1997 Franklin Abraham Sonn
1994 Nomvula Mtetwa
1984 Alan Jay Pifer

Doctor of Fine Art

2016 El Anatsui
2012 Marlene Dumas
2001 David Goldblatt

Doctor of Laws

2018 Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro
2017 Abdurrazak 'Zackie' Achmat
2015 Professor Kenneth Reid
2015 Ahmed Kathrada
2015 Thuli Madonsela
2015 Dikgang Moseneke
2014 William Daniel Carmichael
2012 Nicholas Haysom
2010 Judge Navi Pillay
2010 Baroness Lynda Chalker
2008 Advocate George Bizos
2008 Claire Palley
2007 Lord Steyn (Johan van Zijl Steyn)
2007 Aung San Suu Kyi
2007 Pravin Gordhan
2007 Johan van Zijl Steyn
2006 Dennis Martin Davis
2006 Sir Bob AlexanderHepple
2006 Albert Louis Sachs
2006 Rheinhard Zimmermann
2004 Cheryl Ann Carolus
2004 Catherine Mary Elizabeth O'Regan
2003 Johannes Jacobus Fagan
2002 Kofi Annan
2002 Wallace Amos Mgoqi
2001 Pius Nkonzo Langa
2000 Jeffrey Jowell
2000 Nomaindia Mfeketo
1999 Ismail Mahomed
1998 Salim Ahmed Salim
1997 Colin Wells Eglin
1997 Frene Noshur Ginwala
1997 Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
1996 Christopher John Robert Dugard
1996 Gerald Gordon
1994 Robert Feenstra
1994 Harold Jack Simons
1993 Richard Joseph Goldstone
1993 The Most Rev Desmond Mpilo Tutu
1991 Sheena Duncan
1990 Réne Marquard de Villiers
1990 John Mowbray Didcott
1990 Anthony Maurice Honoré
1990 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
1989 The Rt Rev Mmntlanyane Stanley Mogoba
1988 Hans Wilhelm Middelmann
1987 Sir Sydney Woolf Kentridge
1986 Helen Suzman
1985 Jan Hendrik Steyn
1983 Erwin Spiro
1982 Michael McGregor Corbett
1981 Paul van Warmelo
1979 Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi
1979 Ellison Kahn
1979 Anthony Edward Rupert
1979 Richard Ernest van der Ross
1977 Guerino Renzo Bozzoli
1977 David Pieter de Villiers
1977 William Harold Hutt
1976 Marius Anné Diemont
1975 Pieter Voltelyn Graham van der Byl
1975 Abraham Johannes van der Merwe
1974 Albertonie Herman Broeksma
1974 Marie Lydia Grant
1974 Newton Ogilvie Thompson
1973 Jacobus Petrus Duminy
1971 Joyce Thompson
1969 Stephen Henry Stackpole
1968 Clive Sinclair Corder
1968 Johannes Christiaan de Wet
1968 Sarel François Oosthuizen
1968 Sir Arnold Plant
1968 Francois Charles Robb
1968 The Hon Jacques Theodore van Wyk
1965 Henry Anderson Molteno
1963 William Fehr
1962 Margaret Livingstone Ballinger
1962 William Hofmeyr Craib
1962 Allan Farquhar Stephen
1960 Ernst Gideon Malherbe
1959 Jean Etienne de Villiers
1959 John Murray Murray
1959 Stefan Meiring Naudé
1959 Alfred Adrian Roberts
1959 Thomas Broun Smith
1959 George Wille
1958 Percival Carleton Gane
1958 The Hon Oliver Deneys Schreiner
1957 Hendrik Johannes van Eck
1956 Albert Victor Heron Carter
1956 Michiel Hendrik de Kock
1955 Edgar Harry Brookes
1955 Albert Schweitzer
1955 Nellie Brown Spilhaus
1954 Ernest Marshall Owen Clough
1954 Leopold Greenberg
1953 Alexander Butter McDonald
1952 Ralph Kilpin
1951 The Hon Albert van der Sandt Centlivres
1951 Sidney Warren Lavis
1951 Humphrey Rivas Raikes
1950 Martinus Christoffel Botha
1950 Alfred Aaron de Pass
1950 Maria Emmeline Fuller
1950 Henry Alford Moffat
1948 Arthur Wellesley Falconer
1948 Hermann Heinrich Kreft
1948 Lady Lilian Michaelis
1948 Gideon Brand van Zyl
1947 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
1947 Sidney Henry Haughton
1945 James Stevenson Hamilton
1945 Thomas Loveday
1944 Ernest Frederick Watermeyer
1943 Colin Graham Botha
1943 Gabriel Gideon Cillie
1940 William Duncan Baxter
1940 Edward Barnard Fuller
1940 William Gavan Bennie
1940 David Bennie Hewat
1940 Hendrik Johannes van der Byl
1940 Frederick Kilgour Wiener
1939 Sir John Carruthers Beattie
1939 The Rt Hon Sir Patrick Duncan
1935 William Henry Bell
1934 The Hon Frederick George Gardiner
1934 The Rev John Daniel Kestell
1929 John William Jagger
1929 Charles Edwardes Levis
1929 Sir Frederick Spencer Lister
1929 The Hon Daniel François Malan
1929 Sir William Henry Solomon
1929 Sir Walter Ernest Mortimer Stanford
1929 The Rev Johannes Petrus van Heerden
1929 Jane Elizabeth Waterston
1927 Sir John Gilbert Kotze
1927 The Rt Hon Sir James Rose-Innes
1926 The Hon Frances William Reitz
1925 HRH Edward, Prince of Wales
1925 The Rev Robert Laws
1925 The Rev Adriaan Moorrees
1923 Sir Maximilian Michaelis
1923 The Rev John Munro Russell
1922 Sir William Thomson
1920 Sir Otto Beit
1920 Viscount Buxton

Doctor of Literature

2016 Janette Deacon
2016 Zoë Wicomb
2016 Francis Wilson
2015 Okwui Enwezor
2015 John Britten Wright
2014 William Kentridge
2014 David Fanning
2014 Henry Louis Gates Jr
2013 Daniel Kunene
2012 Zakes Mda
2012 Basil Jones
2012 Adrian Kohler
2011 Martin West
2010 Sir Antony Sher
2010 Janet Suzman
2010 Peter Magubane
2007 David Kramer
2007 Taliep Petersen
2007 David Kramer
2007 Taliep Petersen
2006 Bonisile John Kani
2006 David Lewis-Williams
2006 Thomas Tlou
2003 Es’kia Mphahlele
2003 Pieter-Dirk Uys
2002 Chinua Achebe
2000 Karel Schoeman
2000 Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka
1999 Richard Samuel Attenborough
1998 Leonard Monteath Thompson
1995 John Maxwell Coetzee
1995 Gert Johannes Gerwel
1994 Mendel Israel Kaplan
1994 Shula Eta Marks
1993 Robin Hallett
1987 Marthinus Versfeld
1986 Nadine Gordimer
1985 Harry Frederick Oppenheimer
1984 Athol Harold Lannigan Fugard
1983 Christian Frederick Beyers Naudé
1983 Samson Mbizo Guma
1982 Sir Richard Edmonds Luyt
1980 Izak David du Plessis
1980 Diederik Johannes Opperman
1978 Michael Gelfand
1975 Isaac Schapera
1968 Owen Cardinal McCann
1968 Nicolaas Petrus van Wyk Louw
1968 Eric Anderson Walker
1967 Theodore Johannes Haarhoff
1967 Christiaan Gustav Waldemar Schumann
1966 Sir Keith Hancock
1958 Oswald St Clair
1954 Barend Batholomeus Keet
1951 Maria Elizabeth Rothmann
1950 Oscar John Soley Satchel
1948 Jacob Daniel du Toit
1929 Monsignor Frederick Charles Kolbe
1929 William Ritchie
1922 The Rev Johannes du Plessis

Doctor of Medicine

2014 Rodney Douglas
2010 Jerry Coovadia
2002 Siamon Gordon
2001 Frances Ames
1998 Hannah-Reeve Sanders
1996 Helen Annan Brown
1990 Maatje Vera Bührmann
1989 Robert Johannes Goetz
1987 Arthur Landau
1987 Golda Selzer
1986 Thomas Hamilton Bothwell
1986 Daniel Jakob du Plessis
1984 Leo Schamroth
1982 Jan Hendrik Louw

Doctor of Music

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

Doctor of Philosophy

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

Doctor of Science

2019 Marlene Belfort
2016 Peter Folb
2014 Bernie Fanaroff
2014 Michael Thackeray
2013 Derek Yellon
2012 Jonathan Ellis
2009 Brian Warner
2009 George Ellis
2008 Jonathan Dorfan
2008 Lord Leonard Wolfson
2008 Lord Leonard Wolfson
2007 George Philander
2007 Samuel George Harker Philander
2005 Arnold Lewis Gordon
2000 Bernhard Banaschewski
2000 Wieland Gevers
2000 Trefor Jenkins
1998 Johann Carl Vogel
1997 Sir Aaron Klug
1995 Jacques Pierre Friedrich Sellschop
1993 Michael William Feast
1990 Charles Kimberlin Brain
1990 Christopher Friedrich Garbers
1990 Jean Mayer
1988 Frank Reginald Nunes Nabarro
1988 Phillip Vallentine Tobias
1985 John Desmond Clark
1985 Jacobus Stephanus de Wet
1984 William Sage Rapson
1982 Arthur Kipps
1979 Christiaan van der Merwe Brink
1979 John Fleming Brock
1979 Jack Nicol Coetzee
1979 Niko Stutterheim
1976 Richard Hugh Stoy
1976 Trevor Lloyd Wadley
1974 Gert Johannes Stander
1972 Guy Abercrombie Elliot
1968 Robert Harold Compton
1968 Cecily Kathleen Niven
1968 Henry Olivier
1968 Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley
1967 Christiaan Neethling Barnard
1967 Andries Charles Cilliers
1955 Raymond Albert Alexander
1955 Terence MacLeale Salter
1953 Adrianus Pijper
1952 Gilbert Westacott Reynolds
1945 Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland
1944 Alexander Logie du Toit
1943 Petrus Johann du Toit
1935 Alexander Ogg
1935 Sir Arnold Theiler
1935 Robert Burns Young
1931 Jan Christiaan Smuts
1930 Henry Georges Fourcade
1929 Othenio Abel
1929 Abbé Henri Edouard Prosper Breuil
1929 Robert Broom
1929 Henry Clay
1929 Willem de Sitter
1929 Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr
1929 Erich Kaiser
1929 Rudolf Marloth
1929 John Todd Morrison
1929 Lord Rutherford
1929 Albert Charles Seward
1929 Josef Georg von Hevesy
1929 David Meredith Seares Watson
1926 Willem Cornelis van der Sterr
1925 Sir Robert Nelson Kotze
1923 Arthur William Rogers
1921 Sir Thomas Muir

Doctor of Science in Engineering

2019 Georges Belfort
2019 David Roger Jones Owen
2019 Denis Goldberg
2013 Klaus-Jürgen Bathe
2011 David Potter
2007 Mark Eberhard Dry
1999 John Brand Martin
1995 Algernon Charles Liebenberg
1943 Alfred Dale Lewis

Doctor of Science in Medicine

2014 Salim Abdool Karim
2012 David Sanders
2008 Eric Goemaere
2005 Mahomed Fareed Aboobaker Abdullah
1999 Sidney Cywes
1998 Ralph George Hendrickse
1993 Sir Raymond Hoffenberg
1992 John Derek Lindsell Hansen
1988 Stuart John Saunders

Doctor of Social Science

2011 Mary Burton
2009 Gavin Mooney
2008 Archie Mafeje
2008 Lillian Cingo
2005 Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu
2004 Alexander Lionel Boraine
2004 Kurt Danziger
2003 Kathryn Frieda Jagoe
2001 Mamphela Aletta Ramphele
1996 Philip Alford Potter
1994 Johannes Jacobus Fourie Durand
1993 John Christopher Hall
1993 Bonginkosi Meshack Radebe
1988 Denis Eugene Hurley
1985 Leonard Read
1981 Oscar David da Fonseca Wollheim
1980 William James Belt Slater

Master of Arts

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

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

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

Master of Fine Art

2005 Johann Clemens Porer
1993 Cecil Skotnes
1992 Hyme Rabinowitz

Master of Music

1990 Artemisio Paganini

Master of Science

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

Master of Science in Medicine

2003 Hamilton Naki

Master of Social Science

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

2019

December 2019

Professors Georges and Marlene Belfort

Professors Georges and Marlene Belfort were awarded honorary doctorates in engineering and science respectively.

Download the citation for Prof Georges Belfort.
Download the citation for Prof Marlene Belfort.
Watch the video.

 
Professor Jonathan Jansen

Professor Jonathan Jansen was awarded an honorary doctorates in education.

Download the citation.
Watch the video.

 

July 2019

Denis Goldberg

Denis Goldberg was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering.

Download the citation.
Watch the video.

 

April 2019

Professor David Roger Jones Owen

Professor David Roger Jones Owen was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering.

Professor Owen is an international authority on finite element and discrete element techniques, and one of the researchers responsible for building the field of computational mechanics from nascence to maturity.

Download the citation.
Watch the video.


Read the Vice-Chancellor’s announcement of honorary doctorates for 2019.

2018

April 2018

Yvonne Mokgoro

Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro was awarded an honorary doctorate in law.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Brian O'Connell

Brian Percival O’Connell was awarded an honorary doctorate in education.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

2017

July 2017

Zackie Achmat

Abdurrazak ‘Zackie’ Achmat was awarded an honorary doctorate in law.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

2016

The following honorary degrees were awarded:

December 2016

Emer Prof Peter Folb

Peter Folb was awarded an honorary doctorate in science.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Zoe Wicomb

Zoë Wicomb was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 

June 2016

El Anatsui

El Anatsui was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Janette Deacon

Janette Deacon was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Francis Wilson

Francis Wilson was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

2015

The following honorary degrees were awarded:

December 2015

Dr Johannes De Villiers Graaff

Dr Johannes De Villiers Graaff was awarded a posthumous honorary doctorate in economic sciences.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Professor Kenneth Reid

Professor Kenneth Reid was awarded an honorary doctorate in law.

Read the citation (on page 10).
Read the news article.

 

June 2015

Ahmed Kathrada

Ahmed Kathrada was awarded an honorary doctorate in law.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Thuli Madonsela

Thuli Madonsela was awarded an honorary doctorate in law.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Dikgang Moseneke

Dikgang Moseneke was awarded an honorary doctorate in law.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Okwui Enwezor

Okwui Enwezor was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.

Download the citation.

Read the news article.

 
John Britten Wright

John Britten Wright was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

2014

December 2014

Henry Louis Gates Jr

Henry Louis Gates Jr was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.

Henry Louis Gates obtained his BA at Yale and his MA and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge.

Gates, Alphonse Fletcher University professor and director of Harvard's Hutchins Center for African and African American Research (originally the WEB du Bois Institute for African and African American Research), is one of America's foremost public intellectuals. He is a literary critic, educator, scholar, documentary-maker, writer and editor of several volumes.

The major focus of Gates' work has been the figure of the African American in American and global literature and politics. His work is driven by an abiding concern with the perception of the historic diminution of blackness in the everyday world and he seeks to show the contribution to society and culture made by people of colour, and to show how important it is for scholars to develop a better understanding of how racism has blighted modern society.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
Rodney Douglas

Rodney Douglas was awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine.

Rodney Douglas graduated from UCT with a BSc(Med) in 1969, a MBChB in 1974 and a PhD in 1983. For the past 25 years he has worked in Zurich where he is based at the Institute of Neuroinformatics, part of the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich.

Douglas has spearheaded major advances in neuroscience and in elucidating brain function. He has led several multi-centre collaborative projects, developed software, available in the public domain, to assist neuroscientists in unravelling patterns of synaptic connectivity in brain tissue, has supervised 46 PhD graduates and supported and launched many careers in neuroscience.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
William Kentridge

William Kentridge was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.

William Kentridge obtained a BA from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1976, studied art at the Johannesburg Art Foundation and studied mime and theatre at L'Ecole Internationale de Theatre Jacques Lecoq between 1981 and 1982. He is best known for his prints, drawings, and animated films.

Over the past 25 years Kentridge has matched his growing stature as an artist by an increasing presence as a public intellectual. He is extraordinarily well-read in the visual arts, music, politics and history. In 2012 he gave the Charles Eliot Norton lectures at Harvard University.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

 
David Fanning

David Fanning was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature.

David Fanning, who graduated from UCT in 1970 with a BA, and who had been a member of the editorial team of Varsity, is undoubtedly the most distinguished international media figure UCT has produced.

For thirty years he has been the Executive Producer of Frontline, the United State's longest-running public television documentary series distinguished for its excellence, independence and integrity. He a cultural figure of enormous significance and has maintained and extended the tradition of investigative documentary making. Fanning is committed to making his work accessible: he has stayed in the public broadcasting service, and, since 2002 Frontline has streamed most its documentaries free.

Download the citation.

 
Michael Thackeray

Michael Thackeray was awarded an honorary doctorate in science.

Michael Thackeray completed BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc (1973) and PhD (1977) degrees at the University of Cape Town. Early in his career he developed the ZEBRA battery which is used in applications requiring high power and energy densities, such as in electric vehicles.

Michael Thackeray is currently the director of the Energy Frontier Research Center: Center for Electrical Energy Storage – Tailored Interfaces in a partnership between Argonne (the Argonne National Laboratory), Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Thackeray has more than 180 publications in leading journals, holds more than 25 patents and has an h-index of 61 (in other words 61 of his publications have been cited at least 61 times) and in total over 12 000 citations, and is listed on the Thomson Reuters Highly-Cited Researcher List. To put this into perspective, Hirsch (who developed the h index) estimated that after 20 years a "successful scientist" will have an h-index of 20, an "outstanding scientist" an h-index of 40, and a "truly unique" individual an h-index of 60.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

June 2014

Prof Salim Abdool Karim

Professor Salim Abdool Karim has held academic appointments at the universities of KwaZulu-Natal, Cornell, and Columbia, and has received many honours for his significant scientific contributions to the struggle against AIDS.

Karim has contributed significantly to research capacity development in South Africa, playing a role in the initiation or creation of five highly productive research centres, and has been instrumental in restoring the status of the Medical Research Council as the country's premier medical research institute. For more than a decade he served as the principal investigator of the Fogarty International Centre, which has trained more than 500 South African researchers. Karim currently chairs the UNAIDS Scientific Expert Panel.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Dr Bernie Fanaroff's achievements range from his work as a radio astronomer to contributions to the country's liberation through the trade union movement, and latterly, to South Africa's winning bid to host the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope. His studies of extragalactic radio sources were pioneering and the Fanaroff-Riley classification of radio sources, developed with Julia Riley while at Cambridge, is still used today.

During the turbulent 70s and 80s Fanaroff devoted 18 years to establishing and building the trade union movement, specifically the Metal and Allied Workers' Union, later the National Union Of Metalworkers. After a nine-year stint with the Reconstruction and Development Programme he returned to radio astronomy as part of the nascent SKA project. His acumen as a leader and his expertise in radio astronomy were crucial to South Africa's winning the bid. SKA promises to bring massive infrastructure development, create a significant legacy of skills, and attract young researchers in Africa to enter careers in science and technology.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

William Carmichael

William Carmichael studied economics at Yale, Princeton, and Oxford. He came to South Africa in the mid-1970s as head of the Ford Foundation's Office for the Middle East and Africa, and in the 1980s led Ford's work in South Africa as vice-president of the Ford Foundation, responsible for its developing country programmes.

His leadership and understanding of the potential of think-tank organisations in repressive societies enabled the Ford Foundation to play an important role in support of a wide range of individuals and organisations working in civil society, both inside and outside universities. Through the generosity of the Ford Foundation and his shared advice and wisdom, Carmichael made a significant contribution to South African universities and broader South African society, particularly in education and law.

Download the citation.
Read the news article.

2013

December 2013

Allan Gray

Allan Gray is one of South Africa's most successful self-made business executives. When he began trading as a one-man company in Cape Town in 1973, his investment decisions were based on the difference between his assessment of a company's intrinsic value and its share price. Today, his approach is standard practice among the investment community.

The establishment of a centre and a chair in Values-Based Leadership at UCT's Graduate School of Business is a manifestation of Gray's belief that the future and sustainability of the South African economy depend upon sound, ethical and values-based management. UCT recognises Gray as a philanthropist who has consistently supported higher education in South Africa. His pioneering approach to investment and his commitment to South Africa's future make his contribution exceptional.

Download the citation.

Daniel Kunene

Professor Daniel Kunene is a renowned literary figure who has, through his translations, contributed to exposing African culture to the rest of the world. His pioneering work on heroic praise poetry explores how heroism is defined and expressed in praise poems, and charts the manner in which praise names are conferred.

Recognised as one of the foremost figures in the translation of South African texts from African languages into English, Kunene completed an acclaimed translation of Thomas Mofolo's Sesotho novel Chaka in 1981. He was also responsible for the widely-praised translation of CLS Nyembezi's 1950 isiZulu novel Mntanami! Mntanami! (My Child! My Child!) in 2010, for which he won the Karel Čapek Medal.

Kunene has used his own prose and poetry in opposition to apartheid in South Africa, demonstrating with great subtlety the multi-faceted relationships between individuals and communities in African society, especially those societies affected by colonialism and apartheid. UCT recognises Kunene's contribution towards preserving the African tradition and promoting it to a wider audience.

Download the citation.

Dereck Yellon

Professor Derek Yellon is a prominent cardiovascular scientist. His work on myocardial protection has provided fundamental insights into the way the heart responds to the acute deprivation of blood supply in myocardial infarction. If large clinical studies presently underway succeed, interventions based on Yellon's discoveries will become routine in coronary artery bypass surgery. Such impact on routine patient care is achieved very rarely by a cardiovascular scientist within their professional lifetime and underscores the magnitude of his achievement.

UCT recognises the significant contribution made by Yellon to molecular and cardiovascular medicine, through the establishment of the Hatter Cardiovascular Institute. This institute has made it possible for a wide range of research and educational activities to be carried out at UCT. Yellon has been instrumental in establishing the annual "Cardiology at the Limits" meeting, a joint venture between the Hatter Cardiovascular Institutes of University College London and UCT. These internationally-recognised meetings have been endorsed by the international medical journal, The Lancet, and have played a major role in reaching out to sub-Saharan Africa.

Download the citation.

September 2013

Klaus-Jürgen Bathe

UCT has bestowed a Doctor of Science in Engineering, honoris causa, on alumnus and 'giant of engineering science' Klaus-Jürgen Bathe. This is in recognition of his contributions to the advancement of computational engineering mechanics.

Bathe is not only a pioneer, but also unique in the way that his work has bridged the worlds of academia and industry. Besides being the celebrated Professor of Computational Mechanics at MIT, he is also the developer of the most advanced and very widely used finite element programme in the world today.

Bathe's company, ADINA, is a leader in analysis of solids and structures and in computational fluid dynamics, which enables the analysis of aeroplanes in bad weather, suspension bridges in high winds and the blood flow through arteries, for example.

His academic works are highly cited and his textbooks are considered to be the gold standard.

Download the citation.

2012

December 2012

Nicholas Haysom

Nicholas Haysom was awarded an honorary doctorate in law. He has devoted his life to public service and the vindication of human rights, both in South Africa and internationally, particularly in Africa. He graduated with a BA Hons in 1975 from the University of Natal and an LLB from UCT in 1978.

He was admitted as an attorney in 1981 and joined the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of Witwatersrand – a pioneer institute engaged in academic research and education, but also in bringing precedent-setting cases in human rights. He published important research into the legal rights of farmworkers and the violence employed by the security forces during the states of emergency. He was detained on several occasions and banned.

In 2005 Haysom joined the United Nations to head its Constitutional Support Unit in Iraq, and in 2007 he was appointed political director in the Office of the Secretary-General. He has advised missions on conflict in Afghanistan and Kosovo, and advised on constitutional processes in Tunisia. He continues to lecture and write on issues relating to conflict resolution and constitution making, of which he is now regarded internationally as a leading expert.

Download the citation.

Basil Jones andAdrian Kohler

Basil Jones and Adrian Kohler were awarded honorary doctorates in literature. UCT honoured Kohler and Jones for their outstanding contribution to contemporary theatre through the medium of puppetry. Both graduated from the Michaelis School of Fine Art at UCT in 1974. In 1981 they established the Handspring Puppet Company (initially with two other Michaelis graduates). It has since become one of the best known and respected puppet companies in the world.

The special genius of their work has been to bring their training at Michaelis and their imagination as artists and sculptors to bear on their interest in theatrical and performative traditions. Their collaboration with artists such as William Kentridge and, more recently, with the Royal National Theatre's Warhorse project, has brought their work to international attention. The accolades they have received reflect the astonishment with which audiences have encountered the powerful assimilation of animated puppet characters, sculpture, puppet mastery, and performance.

Download the citation.

Marlene Dumas

Marlene Dumas was awarded an honorary doctorate in fine arts. Widely regarded as one of the most influential painters working today, Marlene Dumas has continuously explored the complex range of human emotions, often probing questions of gender, race, sexuality and economic inequality.

Born in Cape Town in 1953, she completed her studies at UCT's Michaelis School of Fine Art in 1975, before attending the Ateliers '63 in Haarlem, Netherlands, for two years. From 1979 to 1980 she studied at the Psychological Institute at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands.

Dumas' distinctive interest in and use of photographic sources in her painting practice has enjoyed sustained critical reception, as has her courage in handling sensitive topics of racial and sexual violence and mortality. Her work consistently explores constructions of identity and the fluid distinctions between the public and the private. Dumas' achievements were capped most recently by her major retrospective exhibition, 'Measuring Your Own Grave', at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Her work is featured in collections in many countries.

Download the citation.

Jonathan Ellis

Jonathan Ellis was awarded an honorary doctorate in science. Ellis is one of the pioneers of research at the interface between particle physics, astrophysics, cosmology and quantum gravity.

Born in 1946 in London, Ellis earned his PhD in theoretical particle physics in 1971 from Cambridge University. After postdoctoral positions at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the California Institute of Technology, he joined the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. He is currently the Clerk Maxwell Professor of Theoretical Physics in King's College, London.

UCT has conferred an honorary doctorate in recognition of Ellis's exceptional and ground-breaking contributions to the understanding of fundamental physics and astrophysics, and for the numerous contributions he has made over the past decade to promote physics in South Africa.

Download the citation.

June 2012

Zakes Mda

Zakes Mda was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature (DLitt). Mda is a novelist, poet, playwright, painter, composer and filmmaker. He has distinguished himself as a writer, and through his work continues to have a significant impact as a commentator and thought leader.

The many windows to the world that his work offers, the remarkable life journey that he has travelled and the literary benchmarks that he has set, have earned him recognition the world over. This includes being awarded the Commonwealth Book Prize, the Sunday Times Fiction Prize, the M-Net Book Prize and the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Legacy Award for The Heart of Redness (2003). Most notably The Madonna of Excelsior (2004) was selected one of the top ten South African books published in the decade since the dawn of democracy in 1994.

Download the citation.

David Sanders

David Sanders was awarded an honorary doctorate in medical science. Sanders is an iconic figure in the field of public health, nationally, regionally and internationally. He has pioneered thinking on the implementation of the World Health Organisation's model of primary health care, with its emphasis on equity and health as a right.

His work has contributed to advancing understanding of primary health care as a framework for health and development and to improvements in child health through research, teaching and training, and policy advocacy and service development.

Download the citation.

2011

December 2011

Mary Burton

Mary Burton was awarded an honorary doctorate in social science. Burton was involved first in the struggle for human rights in South Africa, then in national reconciliation in the post-apartheid era. She was president of the Black Sash from 1986 to 1990. She also served on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission as a commissioner on the Human Rights Violations Committee, from 1995 to 1998.

Burton served two terms on the UCT Council, including one as deputy chair from 1999 to 2005. In 2003, she received the Order of Luthuli (silver) from President Thabo Mbeki. The following year she received the Western Cape's highest award, the Order of Disa, and the Reconciliation Award, conferred by the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation.

Download the citation.

Dr David Potter

Dr David Potter was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering science. Potter has been hailed as a great inventor and entrepreneur, but also as a philanthropist who has supported higher education in South Africa.

In 2001 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers. He is a well-known name among UCT's postgraduates for the David and Elaine Potter Fellowships, which he and his wife established through their foundation, giving an opportunity to motivated and academically excellent individuals to use their education for the betterment of South Africa and civil society.

Download the citation.

June 2011

Stella Petersen

Stella Petersen received an honorary doctorate in education. She completed a BSc in botany and zoology, an MSc in science, a senior teaching diploma and a BEd degree at UCT. Her academic achievements won her a prestigious international educational fellowship to the United States, where she became the first South African to study at Syracuse University in New York, earning a master's degree in education in 1949.

Petersen has been described as a deeply revered and respected community figure, and was renowned for her dedication as a teacher, and the high standards she set her learners.

Download the citation.

Emeritus Professor Martin West

Emeritus Professor Martin West was awarded an honorary doctorate in literature, in particular for his role in the university's governance and transformation during a turbulent period of transition.

West retired from UCT in 2008 after serving with distinction for 17 years as a deputy vice-chancellor, and later as vice-principal. He served under four vice-chancellors, and made vital contributions to changing governance at UCT during the first decade of a democratic South Africa.

Download the citation.

2010

December 2010

Watch this video clip featuring brief interviews with each of the recipients.

Judge Navi Pillay

Born in Durban, Judge Navi Pillay graduated from the University of Natal with a BA in 1963 and an LLB in 1965. She earned a master's law degree in 1982 and a doctorate in juridical science in 1988 from Harvard University. She practised as an attorney from 1967, defending many anti-apartheid activists and trade unionists.

She would become the first woman to open a law practice in Natal, and the first black woman and the first attorney to be appointed as an acting judge of the High Court of South Africa. In 2008 she was named as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Download the citation.

Baroness Lynda Chalker

Baroness Lynda Chalker, a British Conservative politician, was a member of parliament in the United Kingdom from 1974 to 1992. She became a life peer in 1992. As a trustee of the UCT Trust in the United Kingdom, she has supported needy black students.

Chalker founded the Chalker Foundation for Africa, which supports medical knowledge and training in Africa. She is also chairperson of the board of the Medicines for Malaria Venture, founder and chairperson of Africa Matters Limited, and a founder board member of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust.

Download the citation.

Sir Anthony Sher

An acclaimed actor, writer and director, Sir Antony Sher was born and raised in South Africa. He moved to London in 1968, studied at the Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1982. His performance in the title role of Richard III in 1984 earned him an Olivier Award for best actor.

Sher has penned fiction and non-fiction, as well as a number of plays. He continues to direct and perform at Cape Town's Baxter Theatre Centre, presenting master classes and writing on gay identity. In 2007 he produced the Channel 4 documentary Murder Most Foul on the murder of actor Brett Goldin in Cape Town.

Download the citation.

Janet Suzman

Janet Suzman boasts a distinguished career as actor and director in theatre, film and television. Born in Johannesburg, she was educated at Kingsmead College and Wits University.

A vocal opponent of apartheid, she moved to England in 1959, studying at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA), of which she is now vice-president.

Celebrated in the UK, she maintains her links with South Africa, regularly performing, directing and producing works here, including Othello, The Good Women of Sharkville, The Cherry Orchard and Hamlet. Her most recent South African play, The Dream of the Dog, opened to rave reviews at the Finborough Theatre, London, in April 2010.

Download the citation.

June 2010

Tito Mboweni

Tito Mboweni was awarded an honorary doctorate in economic science. A strong African National Congress (ANC) activist and leader, Mboweni served as the deputy head of the Department of Economic Policy in the party. He was chairperson of the National Executive Committee's Economic Transformation Committee, which co-ordinated the development of the ANC's economic policies.

In 1997, Mboweni was made head of the ANC's Policy Department. In May 1994 he was appointed the Minister of Labour in President Mandela's cabinet, a position he held until July 1998. Mboweni served as governor of the South African Reserve Bank from 1999 to 2009.

Download the citation.
Download podcast of citation (1.58 mb)
Read Monday Paper article.

Professor Jerry Coovadia

Professor Jerry Coovadia was awarded an honorary degree in medicine. He is a world-renowned expert in child health and disease, and a leader in the struggle for a democratic South Africa. He is both a national and an international figure in paediatric medicine, and a world authority in the field of HIV/AIDS.

He has dedicated himself to the development of research by supervising over 40 postgraduate students, as well as teaching in the medical, nursing and allied health professions for over 20 years.

Coovadia received the Star of South Africa from former President Nelson Mandela for his contribution to democracy.

Download the citation.
Download podcast of citation (1.64 mb)
Read Monday Paper article.

Peter Magubane

Photographer Peter Magubane received an honorary doctorate in literature. Magubane photographed the unfolding story of South Africa's liberation over 50 years. He covered many important political events in the 1950s, including the treason trials and demonstrations against the pass laws.

He documented the Soweto student uprisings from June to August of 1976. Coverage of the uprisings earned him worldwide acclaim and led to international photographic and journalistic awards, including the Luthuli Award and the Order for Meritorious Service from former President Nelson Mandela.

Download the citation.
Download podcast of citation (1.25 mb)
Read Monday Paper article.

Victor Ritchie

Victor Ritchie received an honorary degree in education. He played a principled role as an educator and leader who successfully resisted the imposition of racially segregated and inferior education during the apartheid era.

A UCT alumnus he began a teaching career of 33 years at Harold Cressy High School where he and his colleagues promoted principles, values and educational practices that were critical in establishing the school as a 'professional learning centre'. He was formally appointed principal in 1969.Under his leadership, Harold Cressy High School became a premier high school for people of colour, and an outstanding school overall. It also became one of the most important feeder schools to UCT.

Download the citation.
Download podcast of citation (1.50 mb)
Read Monday Paper article.

David Lewis

David Lewis was awarded an honorary doctorate in economic science. A unionist and academic, his life's work has focused on serving to uplift the poor and marginalised, addressing social issues and broad-based economic development.

Lewis served as general secretary of the General Workers Union between 1975 and 1985, and then as national organiser of the goods transport section of the Transport and General Workers Union until 1990. He worked as an academic at UCT from 1990 to 2000, teaching and publishing with distinction.

He was a founder and director of the Development Policy Research Unit – a major research unit still in existence at UCT – and a director of the Industrial Strategy Project.

Download the citation.
Download podcast of citation (1.75 mb)
Read Monday Paper article.

2009

Brian Warner

Emeritus Professor Brian Warner received an honorary doctorate in science. 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 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.

Download the citation.
Read the Monday Paper article.

George Ellis

Emeritus Professor George Ellis was awarded an honorary doctorate in science. 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.

Download the citation.
Read the Monday Paper article.

Gavin Mooney

Professor Gavin Mooney was awarded an honorary doctorate in social science. 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.

Download the citation.

Richard Dudley

The late Richard Dudley was awarded an honorary doctorate in education. His involvement with the Teacher's League of South Africa during 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.

Download the citation.
Read the Monday Paper article.