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Professor Les Underhill honoured by Oppenheimer Memorial Trust

1 Jun 2012 - 13:00

Professor Les Underhill, the Director of the Animal Demography Unit (ADU) in the Department of Zoology at the University of Cape Town and an affiliate researcher of the Marine Research Institute (Ma-Re), received the prestigious Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship Award from the Oppenheimer Memorial Trust. This award is worth R1 million and recipients are able to undertake cutting edge research.

Professor Underhill is the 12th recipient of the award since its inception and in 1973 when he received his PhD in mathematics; he was capped by Harry Oppenheimer, who was Chancellor of UCT at the time. The ADU’s Citizen Scientist programme will benefit from this award, which recruits everyday folks across Africa to photograph and record the location of various animal populations to develop a reliable, up-to-date map of animal distribution and the shift in the ranges of different species.

Congratulations Prof Underhill from the Ma-Re Community.