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Hennie Rossouw

Hennie Rossouw

Author of philosophical works
Professor of Philosophy, 1972 - 1984, and Vice-Rector (Academic Affairs), 1985 - 1993,
Stellenbosch University

Hendrik Willem Rossouw was born on 7 December, 1933. In 1950 he passed matric as best student in the Cape Province. He studied at Stellenbosch University (BA, MA, BD and Cand.Theol, all cum laude) and obtained a ThDr (cum laude) at the Free University of Amsterdam.
In 1963 he was appointed senior lecturer of Philosphy at Stellenbosch University. After serving as professor of Philosophy from 1972 until 1984, he was elected Vice-Rector for Academic Affairs, a position he took up in 1985. He retired at the end of 1993.

Apart from his academic and administrative duties at Stellenbosch University, he served on a number of other bodies, such as the Board of Human Sciences Research Council and the Councils of the South African Library, the SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns, and the University of the Western Cape. He was also a member of the Academic Planning Committee of the CUP, the South African Council for Education, the National Commission of Higher Education (1995-96) and the National Working Group on the Institutional Restructuring of Higher Education (2001).

Hennie Rossouw was married to Hester Heese, who died in January 1971. They had five children: Henk, Hans (died in 1981 at the age of 19), Linda, Gerda and Hester. Since December 1974 he has been married to Leonora de Kock (née Naudé). She has three children from her first marriage: Victor, Peet and Alta.

Awards and Honours:
Rossouw won several scholarships for further studies and received the Andrew Murray Prize for religious and theological literature (1984), the Stals Prize for Philosophy (1998), the N.P. van Wyk Louw Prize for the Humanities (1994) and a Medal of the Centre for Scientific Development (HSRC) for the advancement of the humanities (1993). After his retirement, he was appointed honorary professor of Philosophy, for a period of three years, at the Rand Afrikaans University (1997 - 1999). A collection of essays was published in his honour in 1993:
Intellektueel in konteks: opstelle vir Hennie Rossouw (Intellectual in context: essays for Hennie Rossouw (editors and co-authors: Anton van Niekerk, Willie Esterhuyse, and Johan Hattingh), Pretoria: HSRC, 1993
In 1998 he received the degree D.Phil honoris causa from Stellenbosch University.
Rossouw published a number of essays and articles in several journals and contributed to five encyclopaedias in Afrikaans.
Klaarheid en Interpretasie (Clarity and Interpretation), Amsterdam: Jacob van Campen, 1963
Wetenskap, Interpretasie, Wysheid (Science, Interpretation, Wisdom), Port Elizabeth: UPE 1980
Die sin van die lewe (The meaning of life), Tafelberg, 1981
Universiteit, Wetenskap en Kultuur (University, science and culture. Compiled by Anton van Niekerk), Tafelberg 1993

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