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Michael Levitt's Nobel award in Chemistry

One of the most interesting things about Boys High is the number of boys who have passed through the school who have gone on to do amazing things. We all know about Elon Musk and yes many others, but every now and then you discover something truly incredible. For example, Boys High is the only South African School who boasts two Nobel laureates in the sciences.

The following from John Verster (Matric 1964) recently crossed my desk.

'I drew the attention of some old boys from class of 1964 to Michael Levitt's Nobel award in Chemistry at the time it was announced. I knew him in junior school in Pretoria, where we were friends and used to play at one another's homes. I recall he had a very supportive mother. He went on to PBHS in 1960 with our cohort, completing Form III at the end of 1962. He then knocked-off his last two years through a cram college over the December holidays.


By the time we went back to start Form IV he had completed matric, with excellent results. He started on a BSc in Applied Mathematics at Tukkies in 1963 (at age 15, turning 16 in mid-year) and went from there to King's College London where he completed the degree, in Physics. He did his PhD in computational biology at Cambridge and also spent time in research at the Weizman Institute in Israel.'

'Boys High is currently the only school in South Africa to have produced two Nobel laureates in the sciences, the other being Max Theiler, son of Sir Arnold. Germiston High boasts Sydney Brenner and Rondebosch High boasts Allan Cormack. I'm not sure where Aaron Klug (Nobel in Chemistry) went to school (Durban High School, Ed.) but he grew up in SA and studied at Wits for his first degree. All the other South African Nobel laureates earned their awards outside the sciences.'

This is certainly an achievement worth pointing out and one that we can be most proud of.
(Text: Eugene Ashton)

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Elon Musk Has Just Taken Things To The Next Level

Elon Musk's SpaceX has revealed its first manned spacecraft at a live launch event in California. The Dragon V2 is capable of carrying seven astronauts for several days to and from the International Space Station, docking automatically with the station, and landing gently "almost anywhere on Earth" using its propulsion system.

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Aiden Markram awarded U-19 Cricketer of the year at Cricket South Africa Awards

South Africa men's U-19 skipper Aiden Markram was awarded the U-19 Cricketer of the Year by Cricket South Africa (CSA) at the CSA awards held in June 2014.

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Old Boy Wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013


Old Boy Greg du Toit (1995) was named Wildlife Photographer of the Year for 2013 with his amazing photo "Esscense of the Elephants" which was taken in the Northern Thuli Game Reserve.




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Maritzburg College squeak past PBHSOB

The Old Boys of Pretoria Boys' and Maritzburg College gathered for a social game of rugby at LC de Villiers on Saturday, 12 October 2013.

The teams ran out onto a pitch baked hard by the blistering temperature of the midday sun.

Both teams showed a high level of fitness which allowed the game to flow. Maritzburg College Old Boy's were dominant in the loose, disrupting PBHSOB's quick ball.

It was a game of two halves as MCOB dominated the first while PBHSOB directed play in the second half.

MCOB crossed the tryline twice in the first half. Flanker, Reegan Smith, broke off the back of a strong scrum just outside PBHSOB'S 22. Smith run through a few loose tackles to score. Smith was successful with his conversion attempt.

Mvuyo Mjajubane scored MCOB's second with a sublime backline move. Mjajubane converted his try.

The second half saw PBHSOB start strongly and make frequent visit's into MCOB'S 22.

Poor handling cost PBHSOB precious momentum but Kagiso Mpipi scored a try after a few good phases. Mpipi was unsuccessful with his conversion attempt.

Justin Wicksteed scored another well worked try for PBHSOB to cut the deficit to 4 points.

The score remained 14-10 to MCOB for the rest of the match.

The afternoon was capped off with a bit of socialising between the teams as well as a few beers being cracked.

There is hope this can be repeated next year but until then MCOB have the bragging rights.

Special thanks to our trusty scorers Wicksteed (Solomon, 2008) and Mpipi (Rissik, 2013)

By Dan Lombard


Murray Coetzee U19 Cricketer of the Year 2013

Murray Coetzee took home the Coca-Cola under-19 (U19) Cricketer of the year award for his stellar work in the CSA U19 Provincial League and internationally against the England U19s in January. Coetzee gained a lot of experience playing in the 2012 ICC U19 World Cup in Australia and put it all to good use.


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Old Boy Celebarates 90th Birthday!


Mr. Brian Newby celebrated his 90th birthday on the 30th July 2013. After leaving King Edward VII, Mr Newby attended the school from 1938 where he called School House home. He matriculated in 1940 and so began his very long history with the school.

 

His three sons also attended the school:

John (1970)

Mark (1975)

David (1979)

As well as two Grandsons:

Eric (2006)

Luke (2008)

All of whom, also resided in School House!

Brian remained involved with the school as an old boy and member of the Association. He competed in many Old Boys sports days, in some of which, he played tennis against his son. He also addressed the Old Boys Dinner in 2007.

The Association solutes Mr Newby on the contribution he has made to the School and the Association over many years. May you have many more happy years and fond memories along with them!

 


New look Phobian released!

The all new, redesigned electronic Phobian or ePhobian, has been released. Read it now online.

Many thanks to all hands who brought this idea to reality and special mention to Kyle Schmulow for his tireless efforts to get this project to fruition.

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