Willie Vorster Award

Award name: Willie Vorster Award
Award criteria:

  • Poster presentation
  • First time presenter at any conference
  • Presenter needs to be first author (PI).

The Prize:

  • Certificate
  • R500

Award History:
Willie, as most of us had known him, was Head of the Department of Anatomy at the School of Medicine at the University of Namibia since July 2010. He was one of the founding members of the School of Medicine and the first Professor in Anatomy. He started his career as a Physical Education teacher in 1970 in the then called Eastern Cape. Two passions in life that never left him, was his ability to work with young people and his passion for sport, and in particular rugby!
He made a career move to become a Senior Technical officer in Anatomy and Histology at the University of Stellenbosch in 1980. This enabled him to continue with his studies and to start his academic career. He obtained his Master’s degree at the end of that year and then moved on to complete his PhD in 1989. Willie had devoted his career to the advancement of knowledge in Anatomy and Embryology! He had done his Post-doctoral year in Tubingen, Germany and had worked at various tertiary institutions throughout South Africa before his move to Namibia.
Willie was a very active member of ASSA and served on the Council for several terms and as Honorary Treasurer. He was a member of several International bodies of which the ISVM (International Society of Vertebrate Morphology) is one. He presented at various National and International conferences and was a very active researcher. One of the highlights in his career was when he received the “Distinguished Member Award” of ASSA in 2015.
Willie was known for his great sense of humour, quick mind and the ability to seek the lighter side of live! He very seldom (if ever?) lost his temper and was always extremely polite; even to his worst enemy! He never complained, even in his darkest hours in his fight against cancer.  He sadly lost the battle on the 27th September 2015.
This award is jointly sponsored by Albi, his wife of 45 years and Dr Du Plessis (a colleague at UNAM) in remembrance of his passion for Anatomy!
General rules applying to each Conference:

  • No single person will be eligible for more than one award.
  • If the presenter fits more than one category, he or she must decide which category to enter.
  • If there is no suitable entries, the award will be withheld for that year.

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