Johannesburg - Kevin Govender will become the first South African to receive a medal at the 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival next month, the National Research Foundation announced on Monday.
Govender's contribution took shape through the creation and practical establishment of the IAU office in Cape Town, which integrates the pursuit of scientific knowledge with social development for and with those most in need.
Under the pioneering stewardship of Govender, its first Director, the OAD has successfully harnessed astronomy in the service of global education and capacity building.
Launched in 2011 by the Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor, the office is hosted at the South African Astronomical Observatory in partnership with the National Research Foundation (NRF) and the South African Department of Science and Technology.
“Besides its technological, scientific and cultural contributions, astronomy fundamentally gives us the perspective we need to change the world,” said Govender.