Dr David Potter was awarded an honorary doctorate in engineering science. Potter has been hailed as a great inventor and entrepreneur, but also as a philanthropist who has supported higher education in South Africa.
In 2001 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers. He is a well-known name among UCT's postgraduates for the David and Elaine Potter Fellowships, which he and his wife established through their foundation, giving an opportunity to motivated and academically excellent individuals to use their education for the betterment of South Africa and civil society.
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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.