39 Notable alumni of
Rhodes University

Rhodes University is 1019th in the world, 21st in Africa, and 6th in South Africa by aggregated alumni prominence. Below is the list of 39 notable alumni from Rhodes University sorted by their wiki pages popularity. The directory includes famous graduates and former students along with research and academic staff.

  1. Alice Krige

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    Alice Krige
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    actorfilm producerfilm actortelevision actorstage actor
    Biography

    Alice Maud Krige is a South African actress and producer. Her first feature film role was in Chariots of Fire (1981) as the Gilbert and Sullivan singer Sybil Gordon. She played the dual role of Eva Galli/Alma Mobley in Ghost Story, (1981) and the Borg Queen in Star Trek: First Contact (1996).

  2. Wilbur Smith

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    Wilbur Smith
    Born in
    Zambia Flag Zambia
    Years
    1933-.. (age 88)
    Occupations
    screenwriternovelistwritermathematician
    Biography

    Wilbur Addison Smith is a South African (Zambian-born) novelist specialising in historical fiction about the international involvement in Southern Africa across four centuries, seen from the viewpoints of both black and white families.

  3. Chris Hani

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    Chris Hani
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1942-1993 (aged 51)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Chris Hani, born Martin Thembisile Hani, was the leader of the South African Communist Party and chief of staff of uMkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC). He was a fierce opponent of the apartheid government, and was assassinated by Janusz Waluś, a Polish immigrant and sympathiser of the Conservative opposition on 10 April 1993, during the unrest preceding the transition to democracy.

  4. Dana Wynter

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    Dana Wynter
    Born in
    Germany Flag Germany
    Years
    1931-2011 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm actoractorstage actor
    Biography

    Dana Wynter was an English actress, who was brought up in Britain and Southern Africa. She appeared in film and television for more than 40 years, beginning in the 1950s with her best-known film being Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). A tall, dark, elegant beauty, she played both victim and villain. Her characters sometimes faced horrific dangers, both in film and on television, which they often did not survive, but she also played scheming, manipulative women on television mysteries and crime procedural dramas.

  5. Max Theiler

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    Max Theiler
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1899-1972 (aged 73)
    Occupations
    physicianchemistvirologist
    Biography

    Max Theiler was a South African-American virologist and physician. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1951 for developing a vaccine against yellow fever in 1937, becoming the first African-born Nobel laureate.

  6. Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams

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    Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams is a South African politician and the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies in the cabinet of Cyril Ramaphosa. She previously served as Deputy Minister of Communication. Ndabeni-Abrahams is a member of the Eastern Cape Provincial Executive Committee (PEC), and a member of the Eastern Cape African National Congress (ANC) Provincial Working Committee (PWC)

  7. James Martin

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    James Martin
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1933-2013 (aged 80)
    Occupations
    writerconsultantcomputer scientistengineerscreenwriter
    Biography

    James Martin was an English Information Technology consultant and author, known for his work on information technology engineering.

  8. Humphry Knipe

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    Humphry Knipe
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1941-.. (age 80)
    Occupations
    sociologistscreenwriterwriter
    Biography

    Victor Humphry Knipe is a sociology and history author, and adult film writer, director, and website administrator. He is a co-author of The Dominant Man: The Pecking Order in Human Society, a sociology book which has been translated into five languages, and the sole author of The Nero Prediction, a historic novel about Emperor Nero and astrology, which won the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Award for "Best Historical Fiction."

  9. Frederick Brownell

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    Frederick Brownell
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1940-2019 (aged 79)
    Occupations
    heraldistartist
    Biography

    Frederick Gordon Brownell was a South African herald, vexillologist, and genealogist.

  10. Rob Davies

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    Rob Davies
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1948-.. (age 73)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Robert Haydn Davies was minister of trade and industry of South Africa from 2009 to 2019.

  11. Trevor Hastie

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    Trevor Hastie
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    statisticianacademicuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Trevor John Hastie is a British-American statistician and computer scientist. He is currently serving as the John A. Overdeck Professor of Mathematical Sciences and Professor of Statistics at Stanford University. Hastie is known for his contributions to applied statistics, especially in the field of machine learning, data mining, and bioinformatics. He has authored several popular books in statistical learning, including The Elements of Statistical Learning: Data Mining, Inference, and Prediction. Hastie has been listed as an ISI Highly Cited Author in Mathematics by the ISI Web of Knowledge.

  12. Reuven Bar-On

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    Reuven Bar-On
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1944-.. (age 77)
    Occupations
    psychologist
    Biography

    Reuven Bar-On is an Israeli psychologist and one of the leading pioneers, theorists and researchers in emotional intelligence. Bar-On is thought to be the first to introduce the concept of an “EQ” to measure “emotional and social competence”, although the acronym was used earlier to describe ideas that were not associated with emotional intelligence per se. In the first copy of his doctoral dissertation, which was submitted in 1985, Bar-On proposed a quantitative approach to creating “an EQ analogous to an IQ score.”

  13. Mcebisi Jonas

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    Mcebisi Jonas
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mcebisi Hubert Jonas is a former Deputy Finance Minister of the Government of South Africa who served from 2014 to 2016. He has also been a Member of the Executive Council for Economic Development and Environmental Affairs in the Eastern Cape province of South Africa under the Premier of the Eastern Cape Phumulo Masualle, and was a Member of the National Assembly of South Africa from 2014 to 2017.

  14. David Webster

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    David Webster
    Born in
    Zambia Flag Zambia
    Years
    1945-1989 (aged 44)
    Occupations
    anthropologistpolitician
    Biography

    David Webster was an academic and anti-apartheid activist. He worked as an anthropologist at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he was a senior lecturer at the time of his assassination.

  15. Olivia Forsyth

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    Olivia Forsyth
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1960-.. (age 61)
    Occupations
    spypolice officer
    Biography

    Olivia Anne Marie Forsyth is a former spy for the apartheid government in South Africa. With the agent number RS407 and code name "Lara", Forsyth attained the rank of lieutenant in the Security Branch of the South African Police. Forsyth was recognised in intelligence circles as the apartheid government's "most outstanding spy" next to Craig Williamson, but was described by the African National Congress (ANC) as a "terrible, incompetent and inefficient spy".

  16. Mbali Ntuli

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    Mbali Ntuli
    Years
    1988-.. (age 33)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    Mbali Ntuli is a South African politician and a member of the Democratic Alliance. She is the former Provincial Campaigns Director for the party in KZN. She currently serves as a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Legislature and serves as the DA KZN Spokesperson on Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA). She previously served as leader of the Democratic Alliance Youth. She was elected to this position in May 2013.

  17. Paul Verryn

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    Paul Verryn
    Years
    1952-.. (age 69)
    Occupations
    minister
    Biography

    Paul Verryn is an ordained minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. He has been involved in a refugee crisis and has served as bishop in the Central District of the Methodist Church, and was suspended in 2010 on the grounds that he had exceeded his authority.

  18. Matthew Buckland

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    Matthew Buckland
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1974-2019 (aged 45)
    Occupations
    journalistbusinessperson
    Biography

    Matthew Buckland was a South African Internet entrepreneur and businessman who founded and exited digital agency and publisher Creative Spark, acquired in 2015 by UK firm M&C Saatchi PLC (LSE: SAA), the holding group of M&C Saatchi. Buckland was also the founder of Burn Media, a suite of technology publishing brands which includes Memeburn, Ventureburn.com, Gearburn.com and others.

  19. Penny Siopis

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    Penny Siopis
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1953-.. (age 68)
    Occupations
    visual artist
    Biography

    Penny Siopis is a South African artist from Cape Town. She was born in Vryburg in the Northern Cape from Greek parents who had moved after inheriting a bakery from Siopis maternal grandfather. Siopis studied Fine Arts at Rhodes University in Makhanda, completing her master's degree in 1976, after which she pursued postgraduate studies at Portsmouth Polytechnic in the United Kingdom. She taught Fine Arts at the Technikon Natal in Durban from 1980 to 1983. In 1984 she took up a lectureship at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. During this time she was also visiting research fellow at the University of Leeds (1992–93) and visiting Professor in Fine Arts at Umeå University in Sweden (2000) as part of an interinstitutional exchange. With an Honorary Doctorate from Rhodes University, Makhanda - Siopis is currently Honorary Professor at Michaelis School of Fine Art, University of Cape Town.

  20. Eric Louw

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    Eric Louw
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1890-1968 (aged 78)
    Occupations
    politiciandiplomat
    Biography

    Eric Hendrik Louw was a South African diplomat and politician. He served as the Minister of Finance from 1954 to 1956, and as the Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1955 to 1963.

  21. Joan Hambidge

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    Joan Hambidge
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1956-.. (age 65)
    Occupations
    poetwriter
    Biography

    Joan Helene Hambidge, is an Afrikaans poet, literary theorist and academic. She is a prolific poet in Afrikaans, controversial as a public figure and critic and notorious for her out-of-the-closet style of writing. Her theoretic contributions deal mainly with Roland Barthes, deconstruction, postmodernism, psychoanalysis and metaphysics.

  22. John Lockley

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    John Lockley
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1971-.. (age 50)
    Biography

    John Keith Kelly Lockley is a white South African who is initiated as an igqirha, a traditional healer or sangoma of the Xhosa people.

  23. Heather Ford

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    Heather Ford
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1978-.. (age 43)
    Occupations
    researcher
    Biography

    Heather Ford is a South African researcher, blogger, journalist, social entrepreneur and open source activist who has worked in the field of Internet policy, law and management in South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States. She is the founder of Creative Commons South Africa. She has studied the nature of power within Wikipedia and is a researcher at the University of Leeds.

  24. Margaret Ballinger

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    Margaret Ballinger
    Born in
    United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom
    Years
    1894-1980 (aged 86)
    Occupations
    politicianuniversity teacher
    Biography

    Margaret Ballinger was the first President of the Liberal Party of South Africa and a South African Member of Parliament. In 1944, Ballinger was referred to as the "Queen of the Blacks" by TIME magazine.

  25. Robert Hamerton-Kelly

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    Robert Hamerton-Kelly
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1938-2013 (aged 75)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Robert Gerald Hamerton-Kelly was a Christian theologian, ordained United Methodist pastor, ethics scholar, and author and editor of several books on religion and violence. He served as Dean of the Chapel at Stanford Memorial Church at Stanford University for 14 years and was on the faculty of the university for more than 30 years. A leading advocate of the work of René Girard's theory of mimetic desire, Hamerton-Kelly co-founded several organizations dedicated to the study of the theory and edited several important texts about it.

  26. Dion Forster

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    Dion Forster
    Years
    1972-.. (age 49)
    Occupations
    chaplain
    Biography

    Dion Angus Forster is an ordained Minister of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa. He is a theologian and author. He was formerly the Dean of the Seminary of the Methodist Church of Southern Africa, John Wesley College. Prof. Forster is the International Chairman of the 'EXPOSED - shining a light on corruption' campaign (a coalition of the World Evangelical Alliance, the Salvation Army, the International Bible Societies, Micah Challenge and Unashamedly Ethical). He teaches Systematic Theology and Ethics, with a focus on Public Theology in the Faculty of Theology at Stellenbosch University. He serves as the Director of the Beyers Naudé Centre for Public Theology at Stellenbosch University.

  27. Denise Robinson

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    Denise Robinson
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    politician
    Biography

    Denise Robinson is a South African politician, currently a Member of Parliament with the Democratic Alliance, and the Shadow Minister of Women in the Presidency.

  28. Billie Zangewa

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    Billie Zangewa
    Born in
    Malawi Flag Malawi
    Years
    1973-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    visual artist
    Biography

    Billie Zangewa is a half Malawian half South African artist who hand sews silk fabrics to create collage tapestries, and who now lives in Johannesburg. Since 2004, her art has featured in international exhibitions including at the Paris Art Fair at the Grand Palais in Paris.

  29. Verashni Pillay

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    Verashni Pillay
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1984-.. (age 37)
    Occupations
    journalist
    Biography

    Verashni Pillay is a South African journalist and editor. She was the editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post South Africa and the Mail & Guardian. She is currently head of digital at South African radio station, POWER 98.7.

  30. Robert V. Taylor

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    Robert V. Taylor
    Years
    1958-.. (age 63)
    Occupations
    priest
    Biography

    Robert V. Taylor is a priest in the Episcopal Church USA and an activist for social justice. He was installed in 1999 as dean of St. Mark's Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, making him the first openly gay Episcopal dean in the United States and, at the time, the highest-ranking openly gay priest in the Episcopal Church.

  31. Kathleen Satchwell

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    Kathleen Satchwell
    Years
    20th Century
    Occupations
    lawyerjudge
    Biography

    Kathleen Satchwell, commonly known as Kathy Satchwell, is a judge of the Gauteng Division of the High Court in South Africa.

  32. Billy Kahora

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    Billy Kahora
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    20th Century
    Occupations
    journalistscreenwriter
    Biography

    Billy Kahora is a Kenyan writer and editor based in Nairobi. He was commended by the 2007 Caine Prize judges for his story Treadmill Love. His stories Urban Zoning and Gorilla’s Apprentice were shortlisted for the prize in 2012 and 2014, respectively. He has written the non-fiction novella The True Story of David Munyakei the screenplay for Soul Boy and co-wrote Nairobi Half Life. As Managing Editor of Kwani Trust, Kahora has edited seven issues of the Kwani? journal. He is a contributing editor to the Chimurenga Chronic.

  33. Mark Winkler

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    Mark Winkler
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1966-.. (age 55)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Mark Winkler is a South African writer of literary fiction living in Cape Town. He is the author of two novels, An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Absolutely Everything (2013) and Wasted (2015). His third novel, The Safest Place You Know, is due to be published in September 2016.

  34. Gerrit Verschuur

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    Gerrit Verschuur
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1937-.. (age 84)
    Occupations
    astronomer
    Biography

    Gerrit L. Verschuur is a naturalized American scientist who is best known for his work in radio astronomy. Though a pioneer in that field—he has 50 years of experience—Verschuur is also an author (he has written about astronomy, natural disasters, and earth sciences), inventor, a self-employed IP Consultant, adjunct professor of physics for the University of Memphis, and a lifetime fan of Manchester United FC Since 1996 he has been the Chief Scientist for Translucent Technologies, LLC; a company which is based in Memphis, Tennessee.

  35. Margaret Mary Smith

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    Margaret Mary Smith
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1916-1987 (aged 71)
    Occupations
    ichthyologistchemistphysicistscientific illustrator
    Biography

    Margaret Mary Smith was born on 26 September 1916 in Indwe, Eastern Cape, a small village on the border of the Transkei. She was an ichthyologist, accomplished fish illustrator, and an academic.

  36. Ebenezer Ntlali

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    Ebenezer Ntlali
    Years
    1954-.. (age 67)
    Occupations
    priest
    Biography

    Ebenezer St Mark Ntlali is a South African Anglican bishop. He is the fourteenth and current Bishop of Grahamstown.

  37. Isabella Matambanadzo

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    Isabella Matambanadzo
    Years
    1973-.. (age 48)
    Occupations
    writer
    Biography

    Isabella Matambanadzo is a Zimbabwean writer, gender and feminist activist active with the African Feminist Forum. With a background in print, radio and television Journalism, she has used media to amplify women's voices. She also has a background in reporting on breaking news stories in and around Africa having previously worked with Reuters News Agency from 1999 to 2001.

  38. John Cupido

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    John Cupido
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1976-.. (age 45)
    Occupations
    politician
    Biography

    John Cupido is a South African politician, a Member of Parliament in the Eastern Cape Provincial Parliament for the Democratic Alliance (DA) where he is the Shadow MEC of Health and also the DA's spokesperson on Economic Development, Environmental Affairs & Tourism; and acting spokesperson on Sports, Recreation, Arts & Culture. He was first elected as a City Councillor in 2006 in East London where he led the Buffalo City DA Caucus till his election to the Provincial Legislature in the 2009 General Election in April 2009 at the age of 32.

  39. Michael Berning

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    Michael Berning
    Born in
    South Africa Flag South Africa
    Years
    1941-2006 (aged 65)
    Biography

    Mike Berning was a South-African Librarian, author, and bell ringer. He is best known as a Head of Cory Library (1965) and Deputy University Librarian.