Author of academic books
Rector of the University of Natal, 1943 - 1965
Ernst Gideon (Ernie) Malherbe was born at Luckhoff in 1896. He studied at
Stellenbosch University (Higher Teacher's Diploma and MA) and the
University of Columbia, New York (MA and PhD).
He was a founding member of the National Commission of Education (Nasionale Buro vir Opvoedkunde and Maatskaplike navorsing - later Raad vir Geesteswetenskaplike Navorsing or RGN) of which he was the first director (1929 - 1939) and chief - editor of the Report on poor whites for the Carnegie Commission (1928 - 1932). Malherbe was later the Director of the Census Office and, during the war, Head of National Intelligence.
1943 - 1965: Rector of the University of Natal.
Ernie Malherbe was a great educator. As principal of Natal University, Malherbe was instrumental in organising a very successful conference on Education as part of the Golden Jubilee celebrations of the University in 1960. The procedings of the conference were published in Education and Our Expanding Horizons.
"At the Conference we wanted to deal with the role of education in a holistic fashion....
Thus it came about that we had among the overseas speakers men like Sir Julian Huxley, Sir Vivian Fuchs, Sir Edmund Hillary and SirJohn Maud ....
Education in the home, in the school and at university received fresh interpretations, not only from the overseas speakers, but also from the scores of South African speakers who read papers and participted so effectively in the discussions." (From the Foreword)
Ernie Malherbe enjoyed sports, especially swimming and golf.
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