Potter Foundation

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation is a charitable family foundation established in 1999 to encourage a stronger, fairer civil society. The Foundation supports the ideals of a rational and humane world. It seeks to achieve an impact through grants that promote reason, education, and human rights, in the hope of improving mutual understanding, reinforcing good governance, and encouraging the growth and maintenance of a robust civil society, particularly in less developed countries. www.potterfoundation.com

David Potter

David Potter Dr David Potter CBE was born in East London, South Africa and raised in Cape Town. In 1963 he came to Trinity College, Cambridge to read Natural Sciences. He later studied for a doctorate in mathematical physics at Imperial College, University of London where he was subsequently appointed to the staff. As an academic during the 1970s he taught at London University and at the University of California.

Dr Potter also holds honorary degrees from Edinburgh, Sheffield and York Universities, among others. In 1980 Dr Potter founded Psion, developing and leading the company for more than 20 years. In its early years, Psion became a leader in software for home microcomputers. In 1984 using radical technology, a Psion team invented 'The Organiser', the world's first volume hand-held computers for personal use and information. In 1998, David led the creation of Symbian Limited in partnership with Nokia, Ericsson, Motorola and Matsushita.


Elaine Potter

Elaine Potter Dr Elaine Potter was born in South Africa and lives in England. She did her D.Phil at Nuffield College, Oxford on the Political Role of the Press in South Africa, which was published as her first book. Thereafter she wrote for the Sunday Times and co-authored several Sunday Times books, including Suffer the Children: the Story of Thalidomide and Destination Disaster: From the Tri-Motor to the DC10. She has edited the holocaust memoir, A Jump for Life, and collaborated on The Murdoch Archipelago. Elaine is a trustee of the Centre for Investigative Journalism, openDemocracy and CIDA (UK), a free-at-delivery university in Johannesburg. She is co-founder of the David and Elaine Potter Foundation

The David and Elaine Potter Foundation encourages the values and beliefs of the founders within society. The Foundation is secular in orientation: the Potters believe passionately in the power of reason and in the significance and importance of all individuals in society.

Potter TALKS

For seven years, the Potter Foundation has been funding promising young South Africans in their postgraduate pursuits at the University of Cape Town. From over fifty scholarship recipients and alumni, the Potter Fellowship Committee was formed in early 2011, a primary task of which is to organise Potter Talks.

Potter Talks is a biennial event which aims to bring together thought leaders, academics, innovators and students to share ideas that are changing the fabric of civil society. On three consecutive evenings, speakers will present research and ideas on a broad range of topics including science, technology, education, and sustainable development with the aim to inspire, educate and engage.

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