Chemistry Centenary: Photograph of our 100-year old Chemistry Department building in Pietermaritzburg. Date: 13-09-2010



Chemistry in Pietermaritzburg turned 100 years old in 2010. The School celebrated the event with alumni and guests from academia and industry on Friday the 17th of September. The day opened with tea and registration at 9h30 after which guests (ca. 60) assembled in the Drewes Lecture Theatre for a Welcome Address by Prof. Fanie van Heerden (deputy HOS) and a review of the history of the Department by Prof. Orde Munro. Prof. Drewes then gave an account of the history and development of the Grignard Pub - the heart of Chemistry in Pietermaritzburg. Guests then toured our modern laboratories in small groups with graduate student and staff guides. Many alumni were amazed by the infrastructure development in Chemistry since they graduated from the Department.

Lunch was, of course, served in the Grignard courtyard along with the presentation of research posters by graduate students in the Department. The event continued after lunch with presentations/lectures by several charismatic alumni.

The Centenary Book is available for download HERE.


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