Pieter Vorster

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Pieter Vorster
Chancellor of the Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education
In office
Preceded byJan de Klerk
Succeeded byHendrik Johannes Jacob Bingle
Personal details
Pieter Willem

(1906-09-26)September 26, 1906
Postmasburg, Cape Province, South Africa
DiedJune 10, 2001(2001-06-10) (aged 94)
Pretoria, Gauteng, South Africa
NationalitySouth African
Spouse(s)Martha Sophia du Plessis
Alma materUniversity of Stellenbosch
Known forAgricultural expert

Pieter Willem Vorster (16 September 1906 – 10 June 2001) was a South African agronomist and chancellor of The Potchefstroom University for Christian Higher Education.


Pieter Willem Vorster was born on 16 September 1906 in Postmasburg, Cape Province, South Africa.[1]He was the son of Lodiwikus Francois Vorster and Magdalena Maria Snyman. He married Martha Sophia du Plessis on 16 July 1934, the daughter of Izak David du Plessis and Jacoba Helena.[2] He died in Pretoria on 10 June 2001.


He completed his high school at Graaff-Reinet Volkskool. He completed his post school studies at Stellenbosch University where he obtained a B.sc, M.sc and PhD.[3]


Vorster was a lecturer at Elsenburg Agricultural College, near Stellenbosch for 15 years. In 1945 he moved to Pretoria and started to work for the government in the vegetable seed field and in agronomy. Vorster was first an Assistant Director Research and later Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.[4]

Contribution to agriculture[]

  • He was outspoken about the influence modernisation have on the Agriculture.[5]
  • He did a study on the transport of minerals like potassium through the roots of plants, to assist specific plant growers[6]
  • A horticultural Institute for ornamental plant species, not picked fruit, flowers (cut) and vegetables were established in 1949 and Vorster was the first director[7]
  • He helped the department of Agricultural to have a good quality standard for winter cultivars like wheat and barley[8]
  • A museum was established at the Grootfontein Agricultural Institute with his help. It is situated in Middelburg, Eastern Cape, South Africa. It shows collections of farm implements used through the years. It was later named after him.[9]
  • He made a contribution to the sensible usage of fertilizer[10]

Chancellor Potchefstroom University for Christiaan Higher Education[]

He was chancellor from 1980-1981.[11]


The Potchefstroom University gave him an honorary shield to recognise his contribution to Agricultural affairs.[12]


  1. ^ "Our Family History and Ancestory". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  2. ^ "matieland" (PDF). March 1985. Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  3. ^ "members of the water research committee" (PDF). Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ "(Afrikaans) Beleid en prosedure (translated policies and procedures)". Retrieved 4 September 2018.
  5. ^ "A Boerevolk for a Boerestand?: Broedertwis and Two, page 10" (PDF). University of the Witwatersrand- Institute for advanced social research. 26 September 1994. Retrieved 30 August 2018.
  6. ^ "(Afrikaans) Die opname en vervoer van kalium en fosfaat deur proteoiede en gewone wortels by die Proteaceae (translated :The absorption and transport of potassium and phosphate through roots at the Protea)". University of Stellenbosch. 1983.
  7. ^ Rancho, M. (March 2015). "An analysis of public funded vegetable research in South Africa" (PDF). University of South Africa. Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  8. ^ "(Afrikaans)Korrel- en aareienskappe van koring-, hawer- en garscultivars verbou in die Republiek van Suid-Afrika (translated: The grain characteristics of oats, wheat and barley cultivars that grow in South Africa)". Department of Agriculture. 1971.
  9. ^ "Nicolaas van der Walt, page 287" (PDF). Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  10. ^ "(Afrikaans) Die invloed van stikstofbemisting op die graanopbrings, die samestelling en die kwaliteit van koring (Triticum vulgare) (translated: The influence that nitrogen fertilization have on grain crops, the compositions and certain qualities of wheat (Triticum vulgare)". University of Stellenbosch. 1941.
  11. ^ "PU vir CHO" (PDF). North-West University. 2005. Retrieved 5 September 2018.
  12. ^ "(Afrikaans)Bydrae (translated: contribution)" (PDF). Retrieved 6 September 2018.
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