Professor George Philander received an honorary doctorate in science.
He graduated with a BSc from UCT in 1962 and received his PhD from Harvard University in 1970.
He joined the Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Programme at Princeton University where he has been ever since. He currently holds the Knox Taylor Chair of Geosciences and until recently was the chair of the Department of Geosciences at that university. He has published widely, including six papers in the journal Nature and four in the journal Science.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.