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Hendrik Snyman

Hendrik Christoffel Snyman

Nickname: 'Hennie'

Former Rector of the Port Elizabeth Technikon

Born 31-05-1940 in Bloemfontein South Africa

Hennie Snyman is retired Rector and Vice-Chancellor of the Port Elizabeth Technikon and is Emeritus Professor of Physics at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMMU)

Professional details

Current Position(s)

Board Member | MLT Drives Solar Electric Systems
Kenilworth, South Africa | 2008 - present

Environment and Conservation

Previous Position(s)

Chair | Eastern Cape Higher Education Association
Eastern Cape, South Africa | 2000 - 2004

Academia, Education and Training

Director | Board | Tertiary Education Network
South Africa | 2000 - 2005

Director | Port Elizabeth Regional Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Port Elizabeth | 1997 - 2005

Rector and Vice-Chancellor | Port Elizabeth Technikon
South Africa | 1988 - 2005

Academia, Education and Training

Visiting Fellow | Cavendish Laboratory - Metal Physics Division | University of Cambridge
United Kingdom | 1975 - 1976

Academia, Education and Training

Professor | Department of Physics | University of Port Elizabeth
Port Elizabeth, South Africa | 1974 - 1988

Academia, Education and Training

Senior Lecturer | Department of Physics | University of Port Elizabeth
South Africa | 1969 - 1974

Academia, Education and Training

Visiting Scientist | Department of Material Science | University Virginia
United States of America | 1968 - 1969

Academia, Education and Training

Research Fellow | Department of Physics | University Waterloo
Ontario, Canada | 1965 - 1968

Academia, Education and Training

Research Officer | National Physical Research Laboratory | Council for Scientific and Industrial Research
Pretoria, South Africa | 1961 - 1965

Academia, Education and Training

Emeritus Professor of Physics | Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Academia, Education and Training

Educational history


University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Waterloo, Canada | 1964 - 1968

Doctor of Philosophy - Physics

University of South Africa - UNISA

Pretoria, South Africa | 1962 - 1963

Master of Science - Physics

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 1960 - 1961

Bachelor of Science (Honours) - Physics

University of Cape Town

Cape Town, South Africa | 1958 - 1960

Bachelor of Science - Mathematics & Physics



Alumni of Honour | University of Waterloo. Ontario, Canada

For the Sake of Honour Award | Port Elizabeth Rotary Club

Citizen of the Year: Academia Winner | Port Elizabeth City Council/ Eastern Cape Herald

Communicator of the Year | PRISA ( Eastern Cape and Border)

Overseas Travel Grant | CSIR

Vice-Chancellor's Bursary | UPE

Comprehensive Support (Category B) | FRD (now the NRF)

Overseas Travel Grant | CSIR

Vice-Chancellor's Bursary | UPE

Merit Award | National Research Council of Canada, University Waterloo



Solid State Physics & Materials Science Group: SA Institute of Physics (SAIP)

Member & Past Vice-Chair, 1984 - 1988

Academy of Sciences of SA (ASSAf)

Founder Member, 1995 - present

SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns

Member, 1988 - present

Electron Microscopy Society of SA

Member & Past President, 1969 - present

SA Institute of Physics (SAIP)

Member, 1962 - present

Council for Natural Scientific Professions

Registerd Professional Scientist (Pr.Sci.Nat.), 1983 - present

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