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George Claassen

Professor at the Department of Journalism of Stellenbosch University until 2001
Founder of Sceptic South Africa

George Claassen studied at the Universities of Pretoria (BA , B.Hons , MA) and at UNISA (PhD).
From 1974 he worked as a journalist and photographer at Beeld in various positions as general, political and sports reporter.
After some time as researcher at the Institute of Language, Literature and Arts, he joined the Department of Journalisitic at the Tshwane University for Technology in Pretoria, where he was Head of the Department, 1989-1992.
Oktober 1993 until the end of January 2001: Professor and Head of the Department of Journalistic at Stellenbosch University. In 1997 he developed and established the first university course in science and technology journalism at an African university.
As Science editor (2001-2006) at Die Burger he wrote the weekly column "Wetenskap vandag".
George Claassen is director and founder of Sceptic South Africa (SSA). In 2007 he received the National Science and Technology Forum's top SAASTA Award as South Africa's top Science Communicator.
He is married and has three children.

Author and co-author of five books and more than twenty contributions to books
'n Historiese Blik op die Lae Lande, HAUM, 1982
Taalverskeidenheid, 1983
When beggars die (This historical novel was on the Beeld topsellers list in 1988)
Die Groot Aanhalingsboek (compiler), 1998/ enlarged edition Human & Rousseau, 2007
Geloof, bygeloof e.a. wensdenkery - Perspektiewe op ontdekkings en irrasionaliteite, Protea Boekhuis, 2007
In the Know: The ultimate family reference / Goed om te weet (with Hans Büttner), Tafelberg, 2009
Sêgoed met slaankrag, Tafelberg, 2014

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