The Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society

Is proud to host a Talk by: Professor Mike Bruton

“When Darwin was in the Cape”

At: Rhodes Cottage, 246 Main Road, Muizenberg

Friday 9 December 2022, 17h30

Entry Free, Refreshments will be served, donations welcome

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 The distinguished and well-known scientist, Prof Mike Bruton PhD, DSc, FRSSAfr was inducted as member of the Committee of the Muizenberg Historical Conservation Society. We are more than honoured to have his collaboration for the promotion of the historical interests of the Society. He has without delay entered the lists for us and has offered to present a talk

“When Darwin was in the Cape” at 17h30 on Friday 9 December 2022 at Rhodes Cottage.

The occasion will be accompanied by beverages and snacks and will be gratis, though the Society would be very happy to receive donations at the venue to keep up the momentum of our numerous projects. The talk will be open to all, and you are welcome to meet our presenter and engage in conversation with him.

As background, I should like to mention some of Prof Bruton’s important achievements: he was director of the JLB Smith Institute of Ichthyology at Rhodes University, Director of the MTM Science Museum, assisted in the foundation of the Museum of Science & Technology in Saudi Arabia and the Bahrain Science Centre. He has published over 120 peer-reviewed scientific papers and authored or edited 24 scientific books and is a prolific writer of books popularising science like Great South African Inventions, and the latest is Curious Notions.  He founded his own company with the evocative name of Mike Bruton Imagineering! For his multiple contributions in science and opening science to the population he was nominated to the Linnean Society (London), the Royal Society of South Africa, was awarded the Captain Scott Medal for advancement of science, is Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques  (France), has an honorary doctorate from Rhodes University, received the Lifetime Achievement Award 2001 from the South African National Science and Technology Forum and, in 2022, was awarded the prestigious Marloth Medal by the Royal Society of South Africa for his contributions to science and science education.

This talk falls within the Society’s programme of talks and presentations and since Darwin passed through Muizenberg on his way from Simonstown to the interior, it has special significance for us. I am sure that you will be delighted to hear Prof Bruton, see his slides and join us socially for the usual gemütliche gathering afterwards.