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Vinesh Rajpaul

South African College School, Newlands, 2013

Vinesh Rajpaul
  • Current Place of Residence: Cape Town

  • University: University of Cape Town

  • Current/Recent Course: Bachelor of Science in Physics & Applied Mathematics (2009) / Bachelor of Science in Applied Mathematics (Honours) (2010) / Master of Science in Astrophysics

Vinesh completed his BA at UCT with First Class Honours and is now working on a research-based Master’s in Astrophysics, with a focus on exoplanetary science. He has already authored a number of peer-reviewed publications in this area. He is passionate about improving educational opportunities for young people in Southern Africa and in 2010 he raised funds to establish a merit scholarship for students from poor backgrounds, to encourage and recognise hard work and academic excellence, and has volunteered for the Red Cross Children’s Hospital in Cape Town since 2006. For light relief, Vinesh enjoys language (French), literature and music (piano), “dabbles” in art and photography (with international recognition), and enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including running, cycling and hiking. Beyond Oxford, Vinesh would like to establish an exoplanet research group in South Africa and hopes to contribute, longer-term, to the development of education policy in South Africa.