Michael Thackeray

12 December 2014

Michael Thackeray was awarded an honorary doctorate in science.

Michael Thackeray completed BSc, BSc (Hons), MSc (1973) and PhD (1977) degrees at the University of Cape Town. Early in his career he developed the ZEBRA battery which is used in applications requiring high power and energy densities, such as in electric vehicles.

Michael Thackeray is currently the director of the Energy Frontier Research Center: Center for Electrical Energy Storage – Tailored Interfaces in a partnership between Argonne (the Argonne National Laboratory), Northwestern University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Thackeray has more than 180 publications in leading journals, holds more than 25 patents and has an h-index of 61 (in other words 61 of his publications have been cited at least 61 times) and in total over 12 000 citations, and is listed on the Thomson Reuters Highly-Cited Researcher List. To put this into perspective, Hirsch (who developed the h index) estimated that after 20 years a "successful scientist" will have an h-index of 20, an "outstanding scientist" an h-index of 40, and a "truly unique" individual an h-index of 60.

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Honorary Degrees

 

The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.

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2017

 

 

2016

 
Zoë Wicomb 21 Dec 2016
Peter Folb 21 Dec 2016
El Anatsui 14 Jun 2016
Janette Deacon 14 Jun 2016
Francis Wilson 14 Jun 2016

 

2015

 
John Britten Wright 12 Jun 2015
Okwui Enwezor 12 Jun 2015
Dikgang Moseneke 11 Jun 2015
Thuli Madonsela 11 Jun 2015
Ahmed Kathrada 11 Jun 2015

 

2014

 
Michael Thackeray 12 Dec 2014
David Fanning 12 Dec 2014
William Kentridge 12 Dec 2014
William Carmichael 12 Dec 2014
Rodney Douglas 11 Dec 2014
Henry Louis Gates Jr 11 Dec 2014
Dr Bernie Fanaroff 12 Jun 2014

 

2013

 
Klaus-Jürgen Bathe 16 Dec 2013
Allan Gray 13 Dec 2013

 

2012

 
Nicholas Haysom 18 Dec 2012
Marlene Dumas 15 Dec 2012
Jonathan Ellis 13 Dec 2012
David Sanders 08 Jun 2012
Zakes Mda 08 Jun 2012

 

2011

 
Dr David Potter 13 Dec 2011
Mary Burton 13 Dec 2011
Stella Petersen 10 Jun 2011

 

2010

 
Judge Navi Pillay 21 dec 2010 21 Dec 2010
Janet Suzman 20 Dec 2010
Sir Antony Sher 20 Dec 2010
David Lewis 04 Jun 2010
Victor Ritchie 04 Jun 2010
Peter Magubane 04 Jun 2010

 

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2008

 
Claire Palley 12 Dec 2008
Dr Eric Goemaere 13 Jun 2008
Dr Lillian Cingo 13 Jun 2008
Advocate George Bizos 13 Jun 2008
Lord Leonard Wolfson 14 May 2008

 

2007

 

 
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