|When the University of Stellenbosch was established in 1918, disciplines such as Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Geology, Zoology and Botany were already well-established. In 1922 the Department of Physiology was established with Professor PJ Battaerd as head.
|Establishment of the Department of Home Economics with Miss Ivy van der Merwe as lecturer. In 2001 the unbundling of this department led to a BSc-stream in Textiles and Polymers within the Department of Chemistry and Polymer Science.
Print-out of the first computer programme performed on the University's first electronic computer, an IBM 1620.
|In 1969 the Department of Mathematics introduced a one-year course in Computer Science and in 1970 the Department of Computer Science was established with Professor George Murray as its first head of department.
|The Department of Biochemistry was established in 1974 after the merger of the division biochemistry in the Department of Chemistry with the Department of Agricultural Chemistry. Professor JH Barnardt was the first head and Professor JL de Wit the first professor in this new department.
|The Central Analytical Facility (CAF) was established in 1995 with seven large analytical instruments. Today researchers and postgraduate students have access to state-of-the-art analytical equipment, supported by highly skilled technicians. This includes a CT scanner, DNA sequencer, Electron Microscopy, Fluorescence Microscopy, Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry and X-ray Photoelectron Spectroscopy, Mass Spectrometry, Neuromechanics, and Nuclear Magnetic Resonance.
|The origin of the Department of Microbiology as we know it today dates to 1918 with research activities in the Department of Plant Pathology in the Faculty of Agriculture. The main thrust of research was to isolate and study fungi important to the agricultural sector. In 1958 Professor Hennie Louw became the first South African scientist to obtain a PhD in microbiology. In 1961 the Department of Plant Disease Studies and Microbiology became two separate academic departments, with Professor Louw as the first head of the new Department of Microbiology. In 1997 the Department of Microbiology became part of the Faculty of Science.
|Over the past two decades the departmental structure of the Faculty of Science has changed significantly to keep up with growing student numbers, changing academic needs and international trends. In the early 2000s the Departments of Botany and Zoology strengthened their research focus areas by merging into the much larger Department of Botany and Zoology. Within the Mathematical Sciences greater synergy between different research fields was created with the merger in 2006 of the Departments of Mathematics, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science to become the Department of Mathematical Sciences (Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computer Science). Previously, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science resorted in the Faculty of Engineering.
|The DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology was awarded to the Faculty of Science with Prof Steven Chown as its first director.
|The faculty acquires another two centra of excellence: The South African Centre for Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis (SACEMA) and the National Institute for Theoretical Physics (NITHeP).
|The Stellenbosch University Water Institute (SUWI) is established on initiative of the then dean, Professor Eugene Cloete, to synchronise the many water research groups within the greater university environment. Under the leadership of Prof Gideon Wolfaardt, the aim is to drive the development of technology, innovation and further research to tackle the challenges faced in a water-restricted country.
Prof Louise Warnich is appointed as dean of the Faculty of Science, the first female dean in the faculty's history.
|A bio-informatics specialist, Prof Hugh Patterton, is appointed to establish an inter-faculty Centre for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology. The appointment of Professor Bubacarr Bah in the Humboldt Chair in Big Data Analysis at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) in 2017 further strengthens this initiative.
|The Faculty of Science publishes a coffee-table book celebrating a hundred years of science at SU, titled
A Particular Frame of Mind: Faculty of Science, Stellenbosch University, 1918-2018.