Dept. plans memorial lecture for Tobias

The Science Department is to hold a memorial lecture to celebrate late Professor Phillip Tobias' life.

Phillip Tobias. Picture: cradleofhumankind.co.za

JOHANNESBURG - The Science and Technology Department is to hold a memorial lecture to celebrate late Professor Phillip Tobias' life and work.

The 86-year-old passed away at the Donald Gordon Medical Centre in Johannesburg on Thursday, after a long illness, bringing to an end a career that spanned 60 years.

Tobias was a leading researcher in paleoanthropology, which explores human evolution through the study of fossils.

Science Minister Naledi Pandor says it feels like South Africa has been robbed of a great mind.

"I believe a national tribute must be lead somewhere by the Department of Science and Technology because he represented, in a sense, all that we're trying to achieve."

Meanwhile, messages of condolences have been pouring in for the three-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee.

Tobias was opposed to minority rule and segregated education.

On Friday, the ANC called him an "outstanding" South African.

Tobias is being laid to rest this weekend.