The history of biomedical engineering at the University of Cape Town and Groote Schuur Hospital can be traced back to the 1950s, when the first activity in the field was the work in nuclear medicine by Allan MacLeod Cormack that eventually led to computer assisted tomography and the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1979.

In 1969, the Department of Biomedical Engineering was established owing to the increasing importance and contribution of this field to medical research and health care.

2019 marked the 50th anniversary of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Cape Town. Our commitment to teaching and research in biomedical engineering relevant to health and wellbeing of all South Africans is as strong today as it was in 1969.