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Prof Maaza achieves a first for Africa

Prof Malik Maaza, incumbent of the UNESCO-Unisa Africa Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology

Prof Malik Maaza from the College of Graduate Studies has done it again. He can now add the International Commission for Optics’ Galileo Galilei 2019 Medal to his impressive collection of national and international recognitions. What makes this award doubly special is that this is the first time in the award’s illustrious 35-year history that the recipient is from Africa.

The award was presented to Prof Maaza, who is the incumbent of the UNESCO-Unisa Africa Chair in Nanosciences and Nanotechnology at Unisa, for "his numerous original contributions in the field of nanophotonics and his training of postgraduates in the field Optics and Photonics in Africa as well as cementing Optics and Laser-based sciences in South Africa and the African continent under significantly unfavourable circumstances, compared to his colleagues from the Western countries".

The International Commission for Optics was created in 1947. It is an Affiliated Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics (IUPAP), and a Scientific Association of the International Council of Science (ISCU). Its objective is to contribute, on an international basis, to the progress and diffusion of knowledge in the fields of optics and photonics.

Well done, Prof Maaza, you’ve done Unisa proud!

* Submitted by Virginia McManus, Manager: PR and Communication, Research Support Department

Publish date: 2019/09/23