ASSAf Publications

The mandate of the Academy encompasses all fields of scientific enquiry and it includes the full diversity of South Africa’s distinguished scientists. The Parliament of South Africa passed the Academy of Science of South Africa Act (Act 67 of 2001), as amended, which came into operation in May 2002. In celebration of this mandate, ASSAf has published a number of books.


cover for web Legends of Science Profile BookLegends of South African Science introduces Academy Members who rank among the top achievers in the country. Legends profiles ASSAf Members who have received some of South Africa’s top awards, viz. the ASSAf Science-for-Society Gold Medal, National Orders of Mapungubwe and Baobab bestowed by the President, or the Harry Oppenheimer Fellowship.

History Book Cover 6In Pursuit of Excellence: ASSAf 1996 – 2016 documents the history of ASSAf and Legends of South African Science profiles 53 prominent South African scientists who have excelled in their fields.                               

In Pursuit of Excellence recounts the 20 years of ASSAf’s existence since the early 1990s when trailblazers in academia gave of their time and energy to realise a dream of establishing a fully representative, national academy of science to guide the democratic South Africa into a promising new era. 


The State of Science in South Africa

The State of Science in South Africa takes a retrospective view of science and its development in South Africa. In most of the disci­plinary chapters, an historical context is provided and emphasis is given to past major scientific achievements.

The book concludes with views of some of the younger scientists in the country, many of whom are destined to become the future leaders of South Africa.

NEW! Copies of the book The State of Science in South Africa, published by the Academy in 2009, are now available as print-on-demand publications. These may be ordered from Patsy Scholtz at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at a cost of R195.00 per copy.

Download pdfs: Chapter 1-3 / Chapter 4-6 / Chapter 7-9 / Chapters 10-11


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