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Dr Bernard Fanaroff

The University of the Free State bestowed an Honorary Doctorate on Dr Bernard Fanaroff, former director of SKA SA, at its Winter Graduation ceremony on 28 June 2019.

Since 1950, the UFS has recognised individual excellence through its honorary awards, honorary doctorates, shields of honour, Council medals, and Chancellor’s medals. Some of these individuals include late President Nelson Mandela, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and American media proprietor and philanthropist, Oprah Winfrey.

Dr Fanaroff completed his first postgraduate degree at the University of the Witwatersrand and obtained his PhD in radio astronomy from the University of Cambridge.

Between 2005 and 2015, Dr Fanaroff was the Director of the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA-SA) project. “Working with the wonderful SKA-SA team to win the SKA site bid and build the world’s best radio telescope in the Great Karoo – the MeerKAT – was one of the major highlights of my career,” said Dr Fanaroff.

Among the various awards bestowed on him, was the Karl Jansky Lectureship from the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO) for his exceptional contribution to radio astronomy and his unparalleled leadership through public service.


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