A Beautiful Mind - Tom Brown (PhD)

My brother Tom was the first of us two kids to go to school. It was in the early 70’s. He was one of those kids who are nervous on their first day at school, but took to it like a fish to water. He was a star student right from the start, winning a little silver cup for best pupil in grade one.  He was always a straight A student as he progressed through school, and at home is hobbies was electronics and science. In high-school he performed very well academically and achieved an 8th place in the Science Olympiad in Standard 9, and in his final year he achieved a second place overall. That year he went to the International Science Olympiad in London.  He also played in the chess team and was captain at one point in time.

At university he continued to excel in his studies. He earned his BSc after a few years of study where he performed as best student. On achieving his Honours Degree he won the Senate Medal for best Honours student in the faculty of Sciences. He then did his Master’s Degree at the University of South Africa before starting his Doctorate at the University of Pretoria under Professor Nico Sauer.  In 2005, after more than fifteen years of study, he finally became Tom Brown (PhD) on earning his Doctorate at this University. He now holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics, and coming from a small middleclass family, we are all very proud of him. It is our dreams and ambitions come true, and something that can never be taken away from us. A fine achievement to carry with us into the future…

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