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School of Physics

The School of Physics, the largest in the country, engages in internationally competitive research within very diverse fields, some emerging and some established.

Research includes theoretical and experimental high energy physics, materials physics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, astronomy and astrophysics, high-throughput electronics, photonics, space propulsion, and physics education.

DST-NRF Chairs

The School hosts three DST-NRF Chairs (SKA Chair in radio astronomy, SARChI Chair in fundamental physics and string theory, SARChI Chair in theoretical particle cosmology), is home to the Materials Physics Research Institute (MPRI) with significant experimental infrastructure, the Mandelstam Institute for Theoretical Physics, plays an important role in the Centre of Excellence in Strong Materials, and is the Gauteng node of the National Institute for Theoretical Physics.


In addition, the School has an active teaching programme that reaches close to 3000 students annually and an outreach programme that includes a Planetarium.  

Taking Physics to the heart of Venda

A team from the School set out on a five-day trip to Limpopo to celebrate the National Science week with the future leaders of South Africa. 

Read more about the trip here.

The World of Physics

The world of Physics may be one of the most complex and abstract sciences to understand. Yet, it is the field of Physics that helps us to understand the world – in all its dimensions – in which we live. 

The Astronomical Plate Archive

The Astronomical Plate Archive of the South African Sky is a unique collection of astronomy wonders. Saved from imminent destruction years ago, an invaluable and unique astronomical plate collection has found a home at Wits.

Did you know?

Yale Road derives its name from an astronomical association between Wits and Yale University? Frank S. Schlesinger, director of Yale University Observatory from 1920 to 1941, established an observatory on the fledgling Wits campus due to the “unusually promising astronomical conditions” of the Highveld.


Giving to Wits

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Whether you invest in a promising young student, or contribute towards vital research or new buildings and facilities – giving to Wits brings great personal satisfaction and lasting results you can be proud of for years to come.

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