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Byline: MARIAN SHI
Veil of secrecy not in SA science's interests NN THE National Research Foundation's (NRF's) attempt to secretly charge, try and possibly dismiss top international astronomer and director of the South African Astronomical Observatory (SAAO) Prof Phil Charles, may prove to be the tipping point in its relationship with local scientists and international scientific partners.
Following the recent clearing of Charles by an NRF-appointed disciplinary hearing, the fury of the science community is being unleashed on the NRF, the main government entity that funds researchers at national research facilities and universities. They want NRF heads to roll and …