Book Prize will be awarded at grad

31 May 2010

Prof Kit VaughanEmer Prof Kit Vaughan will receive the UCT Book Award at this week's graduation for his work Imagining the Elephant: A Biography of Allan MacLeod Cormack.

At this week's graduation, Kit Vaughan, emeritus professor of biomedical engineering and director of UCT spin-off company CapeRay, will receive the UCT Book Award for 2010 for Imagining the Elephant: a Biography of Allan Macleod Cormack, his tribute to the South African-born Nobel laureate.

A physicist, Cormack was co-winner of the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his computer-assisted tomography (CAT) scanner. His work also inspired a new generation of medical scientists - including Vaughan, who established a medical imaging research group at UCT in 2000, just two years after Cormack's death, in the latter's honour.

The UCT Book Award carries with it a purse of R30 000, which Vaughan will donate to the Allan Cormack Book Fund, established by Cormack's family to enable science students from disadvantaged backgrounds to purchase text books.

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