Obituary: Mike Gaylard: Radio astronomy has lost a star

Mike Gaylard’s passion and brilliance in radio astronomy and dedication to the discipline in South Africa will be sorely missed, writes Sarah Wild in the Mail & Guardian, about the passing of Hartebeeshoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO) managing director. This is what she writes: “In the early hours of Friday morning, I received a message that…

Do research chairs fuel SA’s research engine?

NEWS ANALYSIS The problem: South African universities are struggling to meet the workforce demands for highly skilled graduates and increase their research output at the same time. There are only so many academic positions in the country and, inter alia, these people have to teach, do their own research and train postgraduates. Part of government’s…