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Sandy Perez (1940 - 2015)
Sandro Perez, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Physics, passed away on the morning of 8 January 2015. Sandy started at UCT Physics in 1970, and retired in 2005. He grew some reputation as a theoretical nuclear physicist, focusing significantly on clustering within nuclei. He maintained a very productive collaboration with colleagues at the University of Oxford, where he visited each year, and provided theory support to many projects at iThemba LABS. Sandy remained active through his retirement with a number of papers published even last year. He was HoD of Physics for two stints, and was very well known and loved across the UCT community. Friends and colleagues will remember his style on the cricket field, his red MG GBT, his love of physics, generous nature and ruthless tactics at bridge.
The Physics Department will hold a memorial.
He is survived by his wife Gay, son Richard, daughter Niccola, and two grandchildren.
Andy Buffler, HoD: Physics
The Department of Physics is accommodated in the R W James Building, on the Upper Campus of the University of Cape Town. We offer courses leading to a 3-year BSc major in Physics, which may be followed a 1-year BSc(Honours) degree.
Further post-graduate studies leading to an MSc and PhD in Physics are possible within the research themes in the Department: High Energy Physics, Nuclear Physics, Nanotechnology and Solid State Physics, Applied Physics and Tertiary Physics Education.