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Episode Info: Prof. Tim Noakes was born in Harare, Zimbabwe and studied at the University of Cape Town (UCT) where he obtained an MBChB degree in 1974, an MD in 1981 and a DSc (Med) in Exercise Science in 2002. He retired as Professor of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town in 2014 and is now an Emeritus Professor at UCT. He is co-founder with Morné du Plessis of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa (SSISA). Noakes has published more than 550 scientific publications, has been cited more than 16,000 times in the scientific literature, has an H index of 68 and is rated an A1 scientist by the National Research Foundation of South Africa. In 2003, he received the UCT Book Award for Lore of Running (4th Edition), which is considered the “bible of the sport”. Among his other published works are 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, was launched in November 2013 and sold more than 200,000 copies in its first year. It has become the largest selling ebook in South African publishing history. It was released internationally at the end of July 2015 with multiple translations. Since then he has co-authored, with Kevin Musikanth and Jonathan Kaplan, Always Believe in Magic, which describes the story behind the UCT Ikey Tigers rugby team’s miraculous comeback to win the 2014 Varsity Cup in the 83rd minute of the game. His latest book is Raising Superheroes, which is the sequel to The Real Meal Revolution, and aimed at educating parents on how best to feed their children. It advocates low-sugar, low-refined-carb, real food eating. In 2002 Noakes was awarded the International Cannes Grand Prix Award for Research in Medicine and Water for his work on Exercise-associated Hyponatraemia (EAH). In 2004 Runner’s World (USA) included this work as one of the 40 most important “persons or events” in the sport of running in the past 40 years. In 2008 he was elected an honorary fellow of the Faculty of Sports and Exercise Medicine (UK), the first foreigner to be so recognised. In that year he also received the Order of Mapungubwe, Silver, from the President of South Africa for his “excellent contribution
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