It is with deep sadness that I have to announce that Granville passed away last night peacefully. Granville has been with the Department for much longer than most of us (he served the department for over 46 years) and has been the embodiment of the spirit of our Department.
We thank Granville for all he has done for the Department and our thoughts are with his family who will miss him dearly. Arrangements regarding the funeral and memorial service will be communicated in due course.
It is with great sadness that we learnt of the passing of our former collegue Em. Assoc. Prof. Brian Paddon at the age of 83. Brain obtained his degree in Applied Industrial Chemistry (the precursor to Chemical Engineering) in 1954. After 15 years in industry, he joined the department of Chemical Engineering at UCT as a senior lecturer in 1970 and promoted to associate professor in 1980 and retired in 1994. He will be remembered as the “biographer” of the early history of the department of Chemical Engineering.
The June graduation at UCT saw a record number of students from the department of Chemical Engineering obtaining their hard-earned postgraduate degrees. The chemical engineering fraternity now has 4 more PhD’s (Doreen Nabaho, Noko Ngoepe, “Pat” Thirunavukkarasu Pathmathas and Margreth Tadie) and 22 graduates with a MSc-degree. Well done to all the graduates.
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Prof. Alison Lewis together with her co-authors from Universidade de São Paulo and the Technische Universiteit Delft have published a new comprehensive overview on industrial crystallization. The book covers both fundamentals of crystallization and precipitation as well as process design for crystallization processes. For more info see here.