Bachelor of Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1959. Bachelor of Science with honors, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1962. Master of Science, Stellenbosch University, South Africa, 1963.
Doctor of Philosophy, University South Africa, 1967.
Geologist Doornfontein Gold Mining Company Gold Fields of Africa (Pty) Ltd., Carletonville, 1960. With Stock Diseases Research Fund Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute, Pretoria, South Africa, 1963. With National Chemical Research Laboratory, Council for Science and Industrial Research, 1964—1986, head division organic chemistry, 1983.
Chief director National.Food Research Institute, Council for Science and Industrial Research, 1986—1987. Director division food science and technical Council for Science and Industrial Research, 1987—1992, fellow, 1992—1993. Head SASOL Center for Chemistry, 1992—1993.
SASOL professor chemistry Potchefstroom University for CHE, 1993—1998. Associate Chembiotek Council for Science and Industrial Research, 1996—2001. Director School Chemistry and Biochemistry Potchefstroom University for CHE, 1998—1999, acting director chemical transformation and separation technical.
Director research (natural science) University Stellenbosch, since 1999. Professor chemistry Stellenbosch University, since 2001. Junior vice president Joint Council of Scientific Societies of South Africa, 1984—1985, vice president, 1985—1986, president, 1986—1987.
Lecturer in field.
Fellow: Royal Society South Africa. Member: Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns (Havenga Gold medal for chemistry 1992), Royal Society South Africa, Royal Chemical Society United Kingdom, South African Chemical Institute (Gold medal 1987), International Union Microbiol. Sciences, International Association for Cereal Science and Technology (president 1992-1994, Friedrich Schweitzer medal 1993), International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (president applied chemistry division 1991-1995, member bureau 1991-1995, elected member bureau and executive committee 1996—2003, member strategy development and implementation committee 1997-1998, chairman national committee since 1998, vice president 2000-2001, president 2002-2003, representative to council meetings International Science Council since 2002), South African Council for Natural Scientists, South African Chemical Institute (chairman Pretoria branch 1977-1979, Raikes Gold medal 1975, Hendrik van Eck medal 2002), Academy of Science of South Africa (founding member), South African Council for Natural Scientists (council member 1987-1989).
Married Margot Marie Odendoal, June 4, 1964. Children: Bennie, Jacques, Gardie.