Prof. Andries Charles Cilliers

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Andries Charles Cilliers, g9h1

Birthdate: (82)
Birthplace: Paarl, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
Death: September 14, 1980 (82)
Immediate Family:

Son of Stephanus Cilliers, f8g9 and Anna Susanna Cilliers, g1
Husband of Maria Hendrika Cilliers
Father of Prof. Andries Charl Cilliers and Private
Brother of Beatrice Catharina Cilliers, g9h3 and Pieter Cilliers, g9h2

Occupation: Professor of Physics
Managed by: Frieda Margaret Woollgar (nee Re...
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About Prof. Andries Charles Cilliers

Andries Charles Cilliers was born on 1 January 1898 at Wellington, in the Cape Province. He matriculated at Paarl and studied Physics at Stellenbosch University (B.Sc., M.Sc. cum laude 1919) and in Göttingen and Frankfurt-am-Main, Germany (Ph.D. summa cum laude 1924).

He was appointed senior lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Cape Town in 1924 and senior lecturer in Physics at Stellenbosch University in 1925. During the period 1940 to his retirement in 1963 he was Professor of Theoretical Physics at Stellenbosch University and, on occasion, Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences.

In 1932 he married Mimi de Villiers and they had two sons, Andries Charl and Fanie, both lawyers. A C Cilliers died in September 1980 in the Strand, near Cape Town.


Chairman of a government Film Committee, 1938 (report 1943).

A founder member of SABRA (SA Bureau for Racial Affairs).

Secretary of Stellenbosch Versoeningskomitee ("Reconciliation Committee"), attempting political reconciliation between Afrikaners. (1939-1941). Minister Ben Schoeman in his autobiography stated: "Eintlik kan gesê word dat hy [A C Cilliers] die vader van die Afrikanerparty was".

Senate representative on the Council of Stellenbosch University for sixteen years.

Member of the South African Academy of Arts and Science (1946).

Member of the Atomic Energy Board.

Chairman of a committee of inquiry into the subsidy formula for universities (1961), whose report was implemented by the government in virtually all respects.

Chairman of the Universities Advisory Committee 1963 to 1974.

In 1967 his comprehensive report to the government concerning review of state subsidies for universities for the period 1969 to 1974, led, inter alia, to a commission of inquiry into universities in South Africa.

Hobbies: Fishing, hunting and golf

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Prof. Andries Charles Cilliers's Timeline

January 1, 1898
Paarl, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
November 21, 1933
Age 35
Stellenbosch, Cape Winelands, Western Cape, South Africa
September 14, 1980
Age 82