Famous Professors from South Africa

List of notable or famous professors from South Africa, with bios and photos, including the top professors born in South Africa and even some popular professors who immigrated to South Africa. If you're trying to find out the names of famous South African professors then this list is the perfect resource for you. These professors are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known professor from South Africa is included when available.

This list has everything from J. R. R. Tolkien to Harry Edwards.

This historic professors from South Africa list can help answer the questions "Who are some South African professors of note?" and "Who are the most famous professors from South Africa?" These prominent professors of South Africa may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected South African professors.

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  • Adrian Guelke (born 15 June 1947) is Professor of Comparative Politics in the School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy at Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was previously Jan Smuts Professor of International Relations at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg from 1993 to 1995. After attending Diocesan College, Rondebosch, Cape Town, he studied for his BA and MA at the University of Cape Town and his PhD at the London School of Economics. He specialises in the comparative study of ethnic conflict, particularly the cases of Northern Ireland, his native South Africa and Kashmir. He is chair of the International Political Science Association's research ...more
    • Age: 75
  • Alan Walter Whiteside OBE is a South African/British/Canadian academic, researcher and professor at the Balsillie School of International Affairs and Professor Emeritus at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. He is well known for his innovative work in the field of HIV and AIDS. He is widely published and a sought-after speaker at international conferences and workshops.
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Kenya
  • Carel Willem Hendrik Boshoff (9 November 1927 – 16 March 2011) was a South African professor of theology and Afrikaner cultural activist.
    • Age: Dec. at 83 (1927-2011)
    • Birthplace: Transvaal Province, South Africa
  • Dennis Brutus
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    Dennis Vincent Brutus (28 November 1924 – 26 December 2009) was a South African activist, educator, journalist and poet best known for his campaign to have South Africa banned from the Olympic Games due to its controversial racial policy of apartheid.
    • Age: Dec. at 85 (1924-2009)
    • Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
  • George Ellis may refer to: George F. R. Ellis (born 1939), South African cosmologist and mathematician George Ellis (poet) (1753–1815), English poet George F. Ellis (1903–1972), American cattleman and author George Henry Ellis (1875–1898), U.S. Navy sailor during the Spanish–American War George R. Ellis (born 1937), author, art historian and director of the Honolulu Museum of Art George Edward Ellis (1814–1894), Unitarian clergyman and historian George Viner Ellis (1812–1900), British anatomist George Washington Ellis (1875–1919), African American attorney, writer, and speaker
    • Age: 83
    • Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Ian Gordon Murray (born 18 June 1946 in Durban, South Africa), is a South African-born British designer of Formula One racing cars and the McLaren F1 road car.
    • Age: 76
    • Birthplace: Durban, South Africa