S2A3 biographical database of southern African science
The national council of S2A3 launched the compilation of a biographical database of southern African science as part of its centenary celebrations during 2002.
Aims of the project
Inclusion criteria may differ somewhat between scientific disciplines or between earlier and later historical periods and are applied flexibly. The following criteria guide, rather than restrict the growth of the database.
These guidelines are expected to lead to the inclusion of at least 4000 persons who were active before World War II.
Information per person
The length of entries varies between a sentence or two and about 2000 words, plus a list of sources consulted. The biographies focus on a person's role in southern African science and are written specifically for this project. The name of the author appears at the end of each biography to give recognition and facilitate the editorial process. A passport type black and white photo is included, if available.
We need your help
If you are interested in any aspect of this project, or are in possession of biographical information that might be included in the database, please contact us. The project leader, Prof. C. Plug, has written up most of the pre-1910 candidates, but more participation by others is required to extend the database to persons who became scientifically active after 1910. Ideally the project should be ongoing.