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Theiler and the 'Spirit of Onderstepoort' Introductory keynote address : historical overview : Onderstepoort and veterinary research in Africa

R.D. Bigalke
Onderstepoort Journal of Veterinary Research | Vol 76, No 1 | a52 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ojvr.v76i1.52 | © 2009 R.D. Bigalke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 10 September 2009 | Published: 10 September 2009

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Although Theiler became internationally known for his pioneering veterinary research a distant century ago, there are probably few veterinary researchers today who have not heard of him. Onderstepoort, the research institute he created, is equally well, if not even better, known. Moreover, the name Onderstepoort is not only associated with his institute but also with the only South African faculty of veterinary science, another Theiler 'baby'. The purpose of this presentation is to determine why this was so, and to what extent the fame was justified. Was it due to the 'Spirit of Onderstepoort' sometimes referred to by Theiler in the early as well as later stages of his career, or was there perhaps more to it, and what was Theiler's share in the development of that spirit, that fame


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