John Knopfmacher- A Mathematical Biography

Compiled by Doron Lubinsky

John Peter Louis Knopfmacher was born in Johannesburg in 1937. He

attended primary school at Yeoville Boy's School, and high school

at Athlone Boys' High. He majored in Mathematics and Applied

Mathematics in his B.Sc. at Witwatersrand University, scoring

firsts in both, followed by firsts in two successive honours

degrees in Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. In recognition of

his academic merit, he was awarded the Rusterholz Memorial Scholarship

for his M.Sc. and then the J.H. Hofmeyr Postgraduate Scholarship to

complete his Ph.D.