South Africans are no slouches when it comes to garnering prestigious awards for their important work in various fields and gaining world recognition for their efforts. This month, Springbok Casino salutes exceptional people who received Nobel Prizes for making great strides for humanity.
Dr. Max Theiler became the first African-born winner of the prize 71 years ago when he successfully developed a vaccine to combat yellow fever.
Albert Luthuli led the ANC for 15 years between 1952 and 1967 during their non-violent Defiance campaign and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent resistance against the apartheid regime
Dr Allan Cormack (1924–1998) won the Nobel Prize for Medicine (shared with Godfrey Hounsfield) for the integral role he played in the development of X-ray computed tomography (the CAT scan).
Sir Aaron Klug’s work with electron microscopes earned him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Desmond Tutu led many anti-apartheid marches and lobbied many world governments and was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Honoured with a Nobel Prize for Literature, Nadine Gordimer edited Mandela’s “I am prepared to die” speech and wrote novels related to the issues of apartheid and other political issues.
Sidney Brenner was part of the team that created the first computer matrix analysis of nucleic acids using TRAC and was recognized with a Nobel Prize for Medicine.
John Maxwell was justifiably awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature for his dozens of acclaimed essays, critiques and novels.
Michael Levitt won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his molecular research.
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