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Honour for Fanaroff


US award for work on SKA Radio Telescope

Astronomer Dr Bernie Fanaroff (BSc 1968, BSc Hons 1970) was awarded the 2017 Jansky Lectureship by Associated Universities, Inc and the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in the US, for his contributions to radio astronomy and his leadership through public service. He was specifically recognised for his work with the South African Square Kilometre Array Radio Telescope Project. The lectureship is named in honour of Karl G Jansky, whose work launched the science of radio astronomy.

Dr Fanaroff has an honorary doctorate from Wits (among others), in recognition of his achievements in science and of the role he played in the trade union movement and the anti-apartheid struggle. He also received the National Order of Mapungubwe.