2016 Rhodes Frank Warren Conference (4th-8th December 2016)
The Frank Warren is the premier Organic Chemistry Conference in the SACI (South African Chemical Institute’s) programme. Hosted approximately every second year since 1961, this series of conferences has showcased South Africa’s best talent, as well as hosted several respected scientists from around the world. The series is hosted in memory of Professor Frank L Warren, considered to be one of the leading Scientists of his generation. Frank Warren was born in London in 1905 and studied as a Chemist before taking up a position at the King Fuad II University in Cairo for a few years before moving to South Africa.
Professor Warren published extensively in alkaloid and natural products chemistry, an activity that continues both at the Natal University College (later University of Natal and now the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal), where he taught for 25 years from 1940 and at the University of Cape Town where he later worked. His enthusiasm for organic chemistry was infectious and he helped to build a vibrant community of organic chemistry scholars in South Africa.
The specialist Organic Chemistry Conferences have been held in South Africa since July 1961, the same year Prof Warren received the South Africa Medal for his contribution to science. The first few conferences were little more than collegial gatherings every few years, but after Warren’s death in 1980, these organic chemistry meetings became formalised as what we now know as the “Frank Warren National Organic Chemistry Conferences”.
The first in this series was held in Pietermaritzburg in 1983 and subsequent versions have rotated around different provinces in South Africa. The previous hosting in the Eastern Cape was in 2003 with Prof Taylor as our invited speaker and Prof Michael giving the Frank Warren lecture.
The Frank Warren Conference has become an important meeting where South African colleagues from the many sub-disciplines gather to showcase and debate their work, researchers and students can rub shoulders, build lasting friendships and discover a small corner of this beautiful country.
Join us this year in the heart of the Eastern Cape to celebrate this legacy.