The University of Cape Town is a public research university located in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa. UCT was founded in 1829 as the South African College making it the oldest higher education institute in South Africa. In terms of full university status, it is jointly the oldest university in South Africa and the oldest extant university in Sub-Saharan Africa alongside Stellenbosch University which received full university status on the same day in 1918. UCT is the highest-ranked African university in the QS World University Rankings, the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the Academic Ranking of World Universities, its Commerce and Medicine Faculties are placed among the hundred best internationally, it is the only African member of the Global University Leaders Forum, within the World Economic Forum, made up of 26 of the world's top universities. The language of instruction is English; the University of Cape Town was founded in 1829 as the South African College, a high school for boys.
The College had a small tertiary-education facility, introduced in 1874 that grew after 1880, when the discovery of gold and diamonds in the north - and the resulting demand for skills in mining - gave it the financial boost it needed to grow. The College developed into a fledged university during the period 1880 to 1900, thanks to increased funding from private sources and the government. During these years, the College built its first dedicated science laboratories, started the departments of mineralogy and geology to meet the need for skilled personnel in the country's emerging diamond and gold-mining industries. Another key development during this period was the admission of women. In 1886 the Professor of Chemistry, Paul Daniel Hahn, convinced the Council to admit four women into his chemistry class on a trial basis. Owing to the exceptional standard of work by the women students, the College decided to admit women students permanently in honour of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee in 1887.
The years 1902 to 1918 saw the establishment of the Medical School, the introduction of engineering courses and a Department of Education. UCT was formally established as a university in 1918, on the basis of the Alfred Beit bequest and additional substantial gifts from mining magnates Julius Wernher and Otto Beit; the new university attracted substantial support from well-wishers in the Cape Town area and, for the first time, a significant state grant. In 1928, the university was able to move the bulk of its facilities to the magnificent site at Groote Schuur on the slopes of Devil's Peak on land bequeathed to the nation by Cecil John Rhodes as the site for a national university. UCT celebrated its centenary the following year. "Moscow on the Hill" Apart from establishing itself as a leading research and teaching university in the decades that followed, UCT earned itself the nickname "Moscow on the Hill" during the period 1960 to 1990 for its sustained opposition to apartheid in higher education.
The university admitted its first small group of black students in the 1920s. The number of black students remained low until the 1980s and 90s, when the institution and welcoming the signs of change in the country, committed itself to a deliberate and planned process of internal transformation. From the 1980s to the early 1990s, the number of black students admitted to the university rose by 35 percent. By 2004, nearly half of UCT's 20,000 students were black and just under half of the student body was female. Today the university boasts having one of the most diverse campuses in South Africa; the UCT crest was designed in 1859 by Charles Davidson Bell, Surveyor-General of the Cape Colony at the time. Bell was an accomplished artist who designed medals and the triangular Cape stamp; the main teaching campus, known as Upper Campus, is located on the Rhodes Estate on the slopes of Devil's Peak. This campus contains, in a compact site, the faculties of Science, Engineering and Humanities, as well as Smuts Hall and Fuller Hall residences.
Upper Campus is centered on Sarah Baartman Hall, the location for graduation and other ceremonial events, as well as many examinations. The original buildings and layout of Upper Campus were designed by JM Solomon and built between 1928 and 1930. Since that time, many more buildings have been added. Upper Campus is home to the main library, The Chancellor Oppenheimer library which holds the majority of the University's 1.3 million volume collection. Contiguous with Upper Campus, but separated from it by university sports fields and the M3 expressway, are the Middle and Lower Campuses; these campuses, which are spread through the suburbs of Rondebosch and Mowbray, contain the Law faculty, the South African College of Music, the School of Economics, most of the student residences, most of the university administrative offices, various sporting facilities. The state of the art artificial grass soccer field has been approved by FIFA for training for World Cup teams; the Upper and Lower Campuses together are referred to as the "main campus".
The Faculty of Health Sciences is located on the Medical School campus next to the Groote Schuur Hospital in Observatory. The Fine Arts and Drama departments are located on the Hiddingh Campus in central Cape Town; the University's original building, now known as the Egyptian Building, on the Hiddingh campus, was built in the Egyptian Revival style. The only other campus built in this style was the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia in the United States; the UCT Graduate School of Business is located on the Breakwater Lodge Campus at the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront. For h
The Melvin Mooney Distinguished Technology Award is a professional award conferred by the American Chemical Society, Rubber Division. Established in 1983, the award is named after Melvin Mooney, developer of the Mooney viscometer and of the Mooney-Rivlin hyperelastic law; the award consists of an engraved prize money. The medal honors individuals "who have exhibited exceptional technical competency by making significant and repeated contributions to rubber science and technology". Source: Rubber Division, American Chemical Society 1982 J. Roger Beatty 1983 Aubert Y. Coran - Monsanto researcher responsible for invention of thermoplastic elastomer Geolast 1984 Eli M. Dannenberg 1985 William M. Hess 1986 Albert M. Gessler 1987 Avrom I. Medalia 1988 John G. Sommer 1989 Joginder Lal 1990 Gerard Kraus 1991 Charles Schollenberger 1992 Robert W. Layer 1993 John R. Dunn 1994 Noboru Tokita 1995 Edward N. Kresge - Exxon Chief Polymer Scientist who developed tailored molecular weight density EPDM elastomers 1997 Russell A. Livigni - Gencorp scientist known for discovery and development of barium-based catalysts for the polymerization of butadiene and its copolymerization with styrene to give high trans rubbers with low vinyl content 1998 Henry Hsieh 1999 Avraam I.
Isayev - University of Akron Professor of Polymer Science 2000 Joseph Kuczkowski - Goodyear chemist who elucidated mechanisms of antioxidant function, resulting in the commercialization of several new antioxidant systems 2002 C. Michael Roland - Naval Research Lab scientist recognized for blast and impact protection using elastomers, for diverse contributions to elastomer science 2003 Walter H. Waddell - Exxon scientist recognized for his work on tire innerliner technology 2004 Oon Hock Yeoh - Freudenberg Scientist known for contributions to nonlinear elasticity and fracture mechanics 2005 Kenneth F. Castner - Senior Research and Development Associate at Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company 2006 Meng-Jaio Wang - scientist known for studies of carbon black 2007 Daniel L. Hertz Jr. - President of Seals Eastern 2008 Robert P. Lattimer 2009 Frederick Ignatz-Hoover - 9th editor of Rubber Chemistry and Technology 2010 William J. van Ooij - University of Cincinnati professor known for elucidating the mechanisms of brass-rubber adhesion in tires 2011 P.
S. Ravishankar 2012 Robert Schuster 2014 Shingo Futamura - Materials scientist noted for his concept of the Deformation Index 2015 Alan H. Muhr - TARRC scientist noted for contributions to understanding the mechanics elastomer applications, including laminated rubber isolators, marine fenders, automotive mounts, structural energy dissipation systems 2016 Dane Parker 2017 David J. Lohse 2018 Joseph Padovan International Rubber Science Hall of Fame: Another ACS award Rubber Chemistry and Technology: An ACS journal List of chemistry awards The ACS Rubber Division Oral histories of several medal winners Chemical and Engineering News
Thomas Coats was a Scottish thread manufacturer. Coats was born at Paisley 18 October 1809, he was the fourth of a family of ten sons. His father, James Coats, was one of the founders of the Coats Group of Paisley. In the hands of Thomas and his surviving brother, Sir Peter Coats, the Ferguslie Thread Works became substantial. Coats in 1868 presented to the town of Paisley a public park, called the'Fountains Gardens,' as a place of recreation, he took an interest in education, in 1873 was elected chairman of the school board, an office he continued to hold until his death. He gave large sums to improve the school accommodation, provided a playground. From 1862 to 1864 he was president of the Paisley Philosophical Institution, in 1882 he presented to the society the Coats Observatory. Coats was a collector of Scottish coins, his collection became the largest and most valuable of its kind, he wanted a catalogue of the specimens, entrusted the work to Edward Burns, a Scottish numismatist. But in Burns's hands the catalogue swelled into an elaborate Coinage of Scotland.
It was unfinished at the time of Coats's death. Burns himself died and the task of completion was entrusted to George Sim. In November 1881 Coats and his brother Sir Peter were entertained at a banquet at Paisley, presented with their portraits, painted by Sir Daniel Macnee, P. R. S. A. Coats died of an affliction of the heart on 15 October 1883, he is buried in Woodside Cemetery in the West End of Paisley. The grave stands at the summit west of the statue to James Fillans and paired with the grave of Peter Coats, east of the statue. A statue was erected at Paisley to his memory. In religion Coats was a Baptist, in politics a Liberal; the Thomas Coats Memorial Baptist Church in Paisley is named in his honour. He was married to Margaret Glen, his daughter Janet Coats, set up one of the first literary prizes in Scotland, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, in memory of her late husband. Other children included James Coats, Peter Coats, Thomas Glen Coats
Six ships of the French Navy have borne the name of Borée, in honour of Boreas. Borée, a 64-gun ship of the line Borée, a Téméraire-class ship of the line Borée, a Téméraire-class ship of the line built on an updated design sometimes called Borée class. Borée, a Cyclone-class destroyer Mistral, an armoured Cyclone-class destroyer bore the name at the end of her career Borée, a patrol boat of the French customs HMS Boreas Roche, Jean-Michel. Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours. 1. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. P. 79. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922. Roche, Jean-Michel. Dictionnaire des bâtiments de la flotte de guerre française de Colbert à nos jours. 2. Group Retozel-Maury Millau. P. 80. ISBN 978-2-9525917-0-6. OCLC 165892922
Vera Chok is a London-based actor and writer, who has featured in stage and radio roles. Chok was born in Malaysia, of Chinese ancestry. After attending Assunta Primary and Secondary schools in Malaysia and Abbots Bromley School in Staffordshire, she graduated from Queens College, before training as an actor at the Poor School in London and with Philippe Gaulier in Paris. Chok's main theatre roles have included parts in the award-winning Lucy Kirkwood play Chimerica, as part of the original cast at the Almeida and Harold Pinter theatres and in The World of Extreme Happiness, in which she co-starred with Katie Leung. Chok played the part of Ming Ming, a female migrant worker, in a production about the world of migrant workers in emerging modern China. Vera Chok appeared in the TV miniseries version of Chimerica on Channel 4 in 2019, alongside Katie Leung. In 2015, Chok appeared in Nicholas Hytner's final production as artistic director for the National Theatre, Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem.
The play was Stoppard's first for the theatre since 2006 and a special screening was broadcast live to cinemas. She subsequently had roles in the Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company production of The Winter's Tale at the Garrick Theatre in late 2015 and an associated work, Terence Rattigan's Harlequinade at the Garrick, which humorously depicts a postwar CEMA-sponsored theatrical troop at a provincial theatre in Brackley making a hash of Romeo and Juliet and "the intrigues and dalliances of the company members". Chok was nominated in the 2015 BBC Audio Drama Awards for her performance in the BBC Radio 3 production of British Chinese novelist Xiaolu Guo's first play, Dostoevsky And The Chickens, in which she co-starred. In Liao Yimei's comedy drama Rhinoceros in Love for Radio 3, she plays the beautiful Mingming, the object of a zookeeper's longing, in a performance described by the Sunday Times as'bewitching', she appeared in Jingo and played the lead role of Lila in the stage adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Firework-Maker's Daughter - described by The Stage as a'poignant performance'.
In addition, Chok has appeared in a number of independent and main release films, in the long-running ITV series Coronation Street and in TV dramas for the BBC, Netflix and Sky. Whatsonstage.com named her one of "15 theatre faces to look out for in 2015". Asked by the magazine to give her advice on International Women's Day, Chok said "Play the long game: stay open and keep developing your craft."In 2016, she contributed a chapter to the publicised anthology of the personal accounts of members of immigrant and ethnic minorities in the UK,'The Good Immigrant'. Writing about her experiences as a Malaysian immigrant in Britain in the Guardian during Black History Month, Chok commented on the invisibility of'East Asian' groups in Britain: "In the UK media, we don’t see south Asians portrayed in a way that reflects their position as the largest racial minority group in the UK. East Asians, the third-largest and fastest-growing racial group at 1.2 million, people bear the damning “model minority” label which isolates them from other people of colour, condemns them to an invisibility where violence against them is ignored."
Writing in British Chinese journal Neehao in 2017, she urged British Chinese and East Asian actors not to take on parts that reinforce anti-China sentiment at a time when "...asians in America, in LIBERAL states, are being beaten up because of anti-China rhetoric from D T." In 2010, Chok founded an independent theatre company. She produced and starred in their opera production Tonseisha - The Man Who Abandoned the World, adapted from the play by Erik Patterson. In the work, which features opera and theatre, Chok played Yukiko, a Japanese woman haunted by the losses of her father and Beat writer Richard Brautigan. In 2011, she founded the Brautigan Book Club, which stimulates creative explorations based on Brautigan's work. Official website Vera Chok on IMDb Vera Chok on Twitter Spotlight Actresses 2013/17 - Vera Chok
The Terrick Terrick National Park is a national park located in the region of Victoria, Australia. The 3,880-hectare national park was declared in June 1988 and is situated 225 kilometres northwest of Melbourne, 4 kilometres north of the town of Mitiamo and 65 kilometres north of Bendigo; the national park is an important remnant of Box-Ironbark forests and northern grass plains and is close to Kow Swamp, the site of a major palaeontological find providing insight into the origins of Indigenous Australians. There are one basic campground. Drinking water must be carried. Terrick Terrick National Park was one of the last remaining strongholds for the Plains-wanderer, an endangered Australian endemic bird species. Land management techniques employed by Parks Victoria has seen the species wiped-out, in addition to the creation of dangerous fuel loads, the prevalence of many noxious weeds; the park is part of the Patho Plains Important Bird Area, so identified by BirdLife International principally because of its importance for the conservation of Plains-wanderers.