Nobel Prize winner, judges among Maties honorary degree recipients

2015-11-11 21:09
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Cape Town – Two Constitutional Court judges and the statistician general are among those who will receive honorary degrees from Stellenbosch University next month.

The institution said it awarded these degrees every year to recognise excellence and identify role models.

Here are the recipients:

- Academic, poet and playwright Adam Small

Small has addressed the burning issues of a segregated South Africa, proving himself both a "thinking revolutionary and a revolutionary thinker". The university felt he had shifted the boundaries of local literature, enhanced the Afrikaans language, spoken out about sensitive issues and become a voice for the voiceless.

- Space scientist Dr Japie van Zyl

Van Zyl has improved humanity's knowledge of outer space and inspired young scientists in Africa. He played a leadership role in the successful Curiosity mission to Mars in 2012.

- Award-winning psychologist and Nobel prize recipient Professor Daniel Kahneman

Kahneman is renowned for his research in the areas of decision-making and behavioural economy. Along with long-standing collaborator Amos Tversky, he developed the behavioural economic prospect theory for which he received the Nobel Prize.

- Statistician General Pali Lehohla

Lehohla is honoured for his innovative leadership in the field of statistics and special focus on the development of human capital.

- Political economist and academic Professor Sampie Terreblanche

Terreblanche has made contributions as a profound observer and analyst of Western socioeconomic systems, as an inspiring lecturer and as a leading author. 

- Constitutional Court Judge Edwin Cameron 

Cameron is honoured for his professional and personal advocacy for the recognition of every person’s dignity, freedom and equality. He is also recognised for his role in securing the inclusion of sexual orientation as a prohibited ground of discrimination in the Bill of Rights

- Constitutional Court Judge Kate O'Regan

O'Regan is honoured for her contribution to justice for South Africans, and for women and vulnerable groups in particular. She was appointed as a judge at the age of 37 and was one of only two female judges for the first 13 years of the court's existence.

All but Kahneman will receive their degrees in December. He will receive his degree in March next year.

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