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Prime Minister of South Africa from 1958 to 1966, was born on 8 September 1901 in Amsterdam, Holland. His father, Wilhelm, took his family to South Africa in 1903 with the ambition of becoming a clergyman in the Dutch Reformed Church. After a mobile childhood, Hendrik completed his schooling in the Orange Free State in 1917 and proceeded to the University of Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. A gifted student, he achieved his PhD in psychology (cum laude) in 1924 at the age of twenty-three. After marrying in 1927, he and his wife, Betsie, produced seven children.

Verwoerd’s working life began with an appointment in the Psychology Department at the University of Stellenbosch. In 1932 he became the country s first professor of Social Work in the University s newly created Department of Sociology and Social Work Verwoerd developed an academic interest in the issue of race ...


Born in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Hendrik Verwoerd was a professor of sociology and editor of an Afrikaans nationalist newspaper in South Africa before he was appointed senator in 1948. Rising to cabinet posts, he was made minister of native affairs in 1950 and was responsible for engineering much ...