2012 John Orr lecture - Square kilometer Array Telescope

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Technical Lecture
27 November 2012 18:00 - 20:00
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Details of the project can be found at: Square Kilometer Array (SKA)

IMeche have contributed towards the funding of this event hosted by  SAIMECHE. Although the venue is at Wits University, local screenings and live streaming will also be available. Kindly confirm your attendance at the desired location by going to www.saimeche.org.za and select the Calendar, then select the applicable 'Session'

Local screenings

Apart from the Lecture at Wits, the live stream will be made available via webcast at other centres in South Africa. The Lecture will be projected ontoa big screen for audiences at these centres, together with other social activities (i.e. eating, drinking and chatting). The Lecture will start at 18h00. Please only register if you are certain to attend. Attendance is FREE and is open to anyone interested. Refreshments will be served afterwards.

The following venues will be hosting local screenings:
 Secunda: Megchem Conference Room
 Port Elizabeth: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
University of Cape Town
 Stellenbosch University
 Durban: University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Live web streaming
The Lecture will be streamed live via video web streaming for viewing by anyone, on a PC, laptop or mobile device using a decent internet connection.

About the John Orr Memorial Lecture
SAIMechE hosts the very prestigious "John Orr Memorial Lecture each year to commemorate the achievements of Professor John Orr in engineering education in South Africa. The history of this prestigious lecture dates back to 1961 when the first lecture was initiated to honour Professor Orr.

This year the John Orr Lecture will be delivered by Dr Bernard Fanaroff.

About John Orr:
John Orr was born in 1870 in Lancshire and in 1887 entered Glasgow University where he graduated BSc in Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He received further technical education at Coatbridge Mining College and the Royal Technical College,Glasgow. In 1893 he was awarded a Whitworth Medal and Exhibition, tenable at the Royal College of Science, London. He gained further practical experience in Scotland and England before coming to South Africa in 1897.

Initially he was attached to the School of Mines of the South African College in Cape Town (which later became Cape TownUniversity), but a year later went to the Kimberly Branch of the School of Mines as the Professor of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering. He retained his professorship when the School was transferred to Johannesburg in 1903 as the Transvaal TechnicalInstitute. After several changes of name, this organization became the University of the Witwatersrand in 1922, and ORR's chair became the de Beer's Chair of Me=hanical Engineering. In 1952 he resigned to organise mechanical education at the Witwatersrand Technical College, where he remained until he retired in 1954. He was awarded the honorary LLD by the University in 1936. A Mechanical Engineering Chair and a wing of theMechanical Engineering Laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand are named after him.He was a man of wide interests. He was President of the forerunner of the present South African Institution of Mechanical Engineers in 1908/ 09, President of te South African Association for the Advancement of Science in 1917, he helped to establishthe South African Standards Institution in 1907, and was awarded an OBE in 1919, the Silver Jubilee Medal in 1935, and theCoronation Medal in 1937. He also directed technical training for the army and industry during World War II.


Dr Bernard Fanaroff is the Project Director of the South African Square Kilometre Array (SKA) Telescope Project. He is a nonexecutive director and member of the Audit and Risk Committee of Eskom Holdings Ltd and a Visiting Professor in Physics at Oxford University.


Wits University - Braamfontein
Wits University,
Science Stadium Room WSS1,
West Campus, Braamfontein
South Africa

Contact Details

Derrick Craig
+27 011 361 1300South Africa
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Alternative contact Geoff Cobb
South Africa
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