Claude Leon Foundation

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"The Claude Leon Foundation was registered as a charitable trust formed out of a bequest made by Claude Leon in 1963. Claude Leon was founder and Managing Director of the Elephant Trading Company, and helped start and finance several large South African companies such as Anglovaal, OK Bazaars and Edgars. The Foundation is governed by a 15-person Board of Trustees. One of the most prestigious projects established by the Foundation and which has been in operation for more than a decade is the Postdoctoral Fellowships programme in the sciences, which has benefited more than 500 young scientists based in South Africa’s university system. It is the largest of such programmes in the country outside of the government’s own postdoctoral programme led by the National Research Foundation." [1]


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  1. Claude Leon Foundation History, organizational web page, accessed September 1, 2012.
  2. Claude Leon Foundation Trustees, organizational web page, accessed September 2, 2012.