Fonds BC1558 - The Tim Noakes Papers

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The Tim Noakes Papers


  • 1954-2015 (Creation)

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63 boxes, 2 oversize portfolios, 35 oversize scrapbooks

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Biographical history

Noakes is co-founder of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, has published more than 500 scientific publications, has been cited more than 15 000 times in the scientific literature, has an H index of 66 and is rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. Among his published works are Lore of Running, which is considered the “bible of the sport”, Rugby without Risk, Bob Woolmer’s Art and Science of Cricket co-written with the late Bob Woolmer, his scientific autobiography Challenging Beliefs and Waterlogged: The serious problem of overhydration in endurance sports. The Real Meal Revolution, co-authored with Jonno Proudfoot, David Grier and Sally-Ann Creed, launched in November 2013, has become the largest selling ebook in South African publishing history. His most recent book, Always Believe in Magic, co-authored with Kevin Musikanth and Jonathan Kaplan, describes the story behind the UCT Ikey Tigers rugby team’s miraculous comeback to win the 2014 Varsity Cup. Among the awards received by Noakes are the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution in the field of sports and the science of physical exercise” in 2004. In 2012 he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Research Foundation for his contribution to sports science research and in 2014 the Gold Medal of the Southern African Association for the Advancement of Science.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated to UCT Libraries by Professor Tim Noakes (2014).

Scope and content

The collection covers the career of Professor Tim Noakes. It is arranged in two series. Series A essentially comprises the archive of his extensive oeuvre (book drafts, journal articles, popular press articles) and Series B comprises memorabilia, such as the many awards he has garnered, as well as photographs and other mementos.


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The collection is open for research. Some material has been withdrawn from circulation due to identifiable personal information.

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Series A contains analogue audio-visual materials (cassette tapes, VCR and DVD).

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A basic list of contents is available in hard-copy in the JW Jagger reading room.

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Series C and D are 2 additional series that has been added in 2018.

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