South Africa wins 2016 Edinburgh Medal

In a first for South Africa, the 2016 Edinburgh Medal will be jointly awarded to Kevin Govender from Cape Town's Office of Astronomy for Development (OAD), and the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The award will be bestowed during the upcoming 2016 Edinburgh International Science Festival in a ceremony on 30 March. The Edinburgh Medal is given each year to men and women of science and technology whose professional achievements have made a noteworthy impact on the understanding and well-being of humanity. 

As explained by the director of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, Dr Simon Gage, the Edinburgh Medal is awarded to an individual or an organisation that had not only discovered great science but had contributed more broadly to society.

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