Innovus E-News 38th Edition

Innovus E-News 38th Edition

The Retirement of an Icon: Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen

A scholar. A gentleman. A visionary. A stalwart of the technology transfer world, and an amazing friend. It’s sad to see you go, but what you leave in your wake will benefit generations of innovators in the years to come.

Who is Prof Leopoldt van Huyssteen? Let’s touch on just a little of the storied history of this great man. Prof Leopoldt’s roots are planted in the agricultural world, with his early years spent on an apple-producing farm in Joubertina. As he grew, he accumulated a BScAgric, HonsBScAgric (cum laude), MScAgric (cum laude) and PhD(Agric) degrees from our University. During this time, he became fascinated with, and fairly proficient at translating research into technology, specifically in the viticultural and horticultural worlds and the technology developed from his research has also been a boon to the citrus, deciduous fruit and forestry industries. In 1992, two videos, based mainly on his research on soil management, won the international OIV (Office Internationale de la Vigne et du Vin) prize for the best audio-visual production for technology transfer. This depth of knowledge came in handy when, as the Dean of AgriSciences, the IP Protection Act came into being and it made him the logical choice to take up the reigns as Executive Director: Operations and Finance. In 2013 he was appointed as the first Chief Operating Officer of Stellenbosch University. After the unexpected passing of Prof Russel Botman in 2014, Leopoldt was appointed as Acting Rector and Vice-Chancellor, a position in which he served for nine months.  He’s also one of the few people who have their own page on Wikipedia…

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