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H.C. (Christo) Viljoen

Christo Viljoen

Author of scientific publications

Dean of Engineering, Stellenbosch University, until 1993 and Vice-Rector (Operations) until 1998

Hendrik Christo Viljoen was born on 31 August 1937 in Graaff-Reinet, Cape, where he matriculated from the Hoër Volkskool in 1954.
He studied at Stellenbosch University where he obtained his bachelor's, masters and Ph.D. (Ing) degrees in electronic engineering. He continued his studies in England (1960-61) and worked as engineer in the (then) Department of Posts and Telegraphs in Pretoria (1962-65).

He was appointed as Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch in 1966, and was promoted to professor in 1970.
He was appointed as Dean of Engineering (1979-93) and Vice-Rector (Operations) from 1993 until his retirement in 1998. He subsequently established the Office for Intellectual Property at Stellenbosch University , from which he retired as Director in 2002, and acted as Managing Director of the Unistel Group of Companies.
In March 2006 he was elected a member of Stellenbosch University Council.

Christo Viljoen is married to Hana (née Stehlik) and they have two daughters, Marenka and Annakie and a son, Francois.
Hobbies: Genealogy, philately, scuba diving, webpage design


1975: Sir Ernest Oppenheimer Memorial Trust Fellowship
1988: Computer Personality of the year: Western Cape chapter of the Computer Association of SA
1992: Engineer of the Year: SA Association for Professional Engineers
1993: Order for Meritorious Service (class silver)
(Government of SA)
2000: Medal for Science and Technology: SA Academy for Arts and Science

Senior member: IEEE
Fellow: Engineering Academy of SA
Professional Engineer: ECSA

List of Publications:
15 scientific papers published in national and international journals
35 published scientific papers delivered at national and international conferences
Contributed chapters in 3 scientific books

Elektronika (AA Balkema, 1971) (first Afrikaans language university textbook on electronics)
Basiese Elektronika, parts I - VI (HAUM, 1973) (translated and adapted from original)
Viljoen Familieregister (HSRC, 1978)
Viljoen Familie Gedenkboek (Viljoen Festival Committee, 1978)
Kuberwoordeboek/Cyber Dictionary: Afrikaans-English and English-Afrikaans, Protea Boekhuis, Pretoria, 2006 ( released in March 2007)
Afrikaans op die terrein van die natuurwetenskappe en tegniek (chapter in Afrikaans: lewende taal van miljoene, Van Schaik, 2004

Investigation into the South African Electronics Industry (Board for Trade & Industry, 1986)
Report of the Task Group on Broadcasting in South and Southern Africa (Government Printer, Pretoria, 1991)

Text by Christo Viljoen

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