TUT Prof bags coveted fellowship

15 March 2018

Prof Felix Dapare Dakora, a Plant and Soil Biotechnology Professor at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of Science, holder of the DST/NRF South African Research Chair in Agrochemurgy and Plant Symbioses, and President of the African Academy of Sciences, has now added another accolade to his list. He was recently elected as one of Ten African academics, among 55 new fellows of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) – the second-best showing by scientists from the African continent in nine years.

Prof Dakora, TWAS fellow and President of theAfrican Academy of Sciences.

To become a TWAS Fellow, a researcher must achieve the pinnacle of scientific excellence – that is a constant standard. Candidates must also be scientists whose contribution to their respective fields meets internationally accepted standards of excellence and Prof Dakora has no doubt exceeded that prospect.

The principal aim of TWAS is to promote scientific capacity and excellence for sustainable development in the developing world. TWAS Fellows are therefore mandated to promote research and scientific excellence for socio-economic development.

“I feel honoured and humbled to be elected to this august body of eminent scientists in the world. I shall continue in my capacity as a researcher to advance science, technology and innovation in the African continent, and in the developing countries across the world, for improved quality of life of all humans,” said Prof Dakora.

Prof Dakora’s research has identified food grain legumes with high N2 fixation, leaf protein and trace element accumulation, much needed for overcoming micronutrient deficiency and protein-calorie malnutrition in Africa. He has also promoted the use of legumes and bacterial products (e.g. lumichrome) as biofertilizers in Africa. 

In addition, Prof Dakora is a Member of the Academy of Sciences of South Africa, Fellow of the Royal Society of South Africa, and Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences. He is also currently serving as Adjunct Professor to the Institute of Agriculture at the University of Western Australia in Perth for the period June 2012 to May 2021. In July 2012, Prof Dakora was a recipient of the UNESCO-Equatorial Guinea International Prize for Research in the Life Sciences. In addition, in January 2017, he won the continental African Union Kwame Nkrumah Science Excellence Award.

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