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1969 - 2014: Forty Five Years of Biomedical Engineering at UCT

The history of biomedical engineering at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital can be traced back to the 1950s, when the first activity in the field was the work in nuclear medicine by Allan Cormack that eventually led to computer assisted tomography and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1979.

In 1969, the Department of Biomedical Engineering was established owing to the increasing importance and contribution of this field to medical research and health care.

2014 marks the 45th anniversary and our commitment to biomedical engineering relevant to health and wellbeing of all South Africans is as strong today as it was in 1969.


Departmental Year Photos 1985 - 1995

Were you staff or student in the Department of Biomedical Engineering between 1985 and 1995? Then you might be interested these photos.

1985 1986
1988 1989
1992 1993
1994 1995