oa Current Allergy & Clinical Immunology - Professor Du Plessis' 'Nobel prize' - an example of how not to carry out research : summary article

Volume 29 Number 4
  • ISSN : 1609-3607



For many years from the late 1950s, Professor DJ du Plessis was the Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand. Dup, as he was affectionately known by those who worked with him (never to his face, of course), was a remarkable man. He came to Wits replete with many honours, a fine military record as a captain in the South African Field Ambulance with the 6th South African Armoured Division, culminating at the end of all of that with a Nuffield Fellowship at Oxford in 1951. He practised as a specialist surgeon in Cape Town for about six years and then finally ended up as Head of the Department of Surgery at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1958. He was forty years old and a very young incumbent of that position - one of the youngest at the time.

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