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Marks 20th Anniversary by Presenting Pierre Crabbé
Award to Three African Scientists
the 20th anniversary of its founding, the International Organization
for Chemical Sciences in Development (IOCD) has established
this award in honor of its founder, the late Pierre Crabbé,
a Belgian scientist who was strongly committed to supporting
research among scientists in developing countries. Elkan R.
Blout, founding vice president and treasurer of IOCD, expressed
his satisfaction that Pierre Crabbé is being
recognized by these awards. Pierre Crabbé, said Blout,
was an outstanding person and an eminent scientist who had
vision and humanity for the developing worlda vision
that has been recognized by IOCDs success in supporting
Third World scientists.
Pierre Crabbé Award for 2003 is being presented to
three distinguished African scientists for outstanding contributions
to the advancement of science and education in developing
countries. The three scientists are Berhanu
Abegaz (Botswana), Ermias
Dagne (Ethiopia), and John
Bradley (South Africa), each of whom will receive a cash
award and an engraved plaque.
congratulating these scientists, Jean-Marie Lehn, president
of IOCD, stated, "each of these [award winners] is a dedicated
scientist, whose work is not only enriching science, but also
oriented to the improvement of life in their respective countries."
Abegaz is a professor of chemistry at the University of
Botswana in Gaborone. Abegaz, who received his doctorate in
1973, was a member of the chemistry department at the Addis
Ababa University in Ethiopia from 1973 until 1994 when he
joined the chemistry department of the University of Botswana.
He was elected a member of the Third World Academy of Sciences
in 1998. Since 2002, he has been a provisional member of the
IUPAC Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry Division. A vigorous
researcher in the field of natural products chemistry, Abegaz
has published over 100 scientific papers and supervised the
research of 17 M.S., 10 Ph.D., and 3 postdoctoral students.
Beyond the walls of the university, from 1983 to 1987 he served
as the first president of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia,
and from 1987 to 1994 was founding editor of the Bulletin
of the Chemical Society of Ethiopia. From 1984 to 1996
he was a founding member of the Natural Products Research
Network for Eastern and Central Africa, and since 1992 he
has been the coordinator of the Network for Analytical and
Biological Services for Africa. IOCD values his participation
since 1990 in its Senior Advisory Council.
Dagne is a professor of organic chemistry at Addis Ababa
University in Ethiopia. His main research is in the area of
natural products chemistry, in particular in the isolation
and characterization of bioactive compounds. He has published
over 75 scientific papers in peer-reviewed local and international
journals. He was the founding editor of SINET: Ethiopian
Journal of Science from 1977-78 and the executive secretary
of the Natural Products Research Network for Eastern and Central
Africa from 1984-1996. In 1997, Dagne was the recipient of
the IFS/Danida Award. Currently, he is leader of the African
Laboratory of Natural Products, honorary president of the
Horticultural Society of Ethiopia, and chairman of two charity
organizations: the Getachew Bolodia Foundation and the Lucy
Mother and Child Care.
Bradley is a professor in the Faculty of Science of the
University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa. After obtaining
his Ph.D. in chemistry from King's College, London, in 1962,
he held a post-doctoral fellowship at Florida State University
(USA). In 1964, he returned to South Africa and began teaching
and conducting research in physical organic chemistry at the
University of the Witwatersrand. In the early 1980s, (when
South African higher education was still strongly white oriented),
out of concern for educationally disadvantaged students, he
spearheaded initiatives at his university to provide such
students access to science education. These initiatives included
entry-level programs for the disenfranchised and a research
program in chemistry education, which has enabled 7 Ph.D.and
14 M.S. students to complete their studies under his leadership.
In 1990, Bradley became director of his university 's Centre
for Research and Development in Mathematics, Science, and
Technology Education. Aware of his leadership in science education,
IUPAC asked him to join the IUPAC Committee on Teaching of
Chemistry, which he chaired from 1996 to 2001. He served as
education officer of the South Africa Chemical Institute from
1992 to 2000 and as its president from 1998 to 2000.
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