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Timothy David Noakes, MB ChB, MD, FACSM, holds the Discovery Health Chair of Exercise and Sports Science at the University of Cape Town. He is also Director of the UCT/MRC Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine and co‐founder with Morné du Plessis of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa. While a student at UCT, he rowed for the South African Universities on two consecutive seasons and was awarded University full Blue colours. He began long distance running in 1972, and, at the time of his last marathon in 1990, had run more than 70 marathon and ultra‐marathon races including seven Comrades Marathons (best time 6 h 49 min) and 15 Two Oceans marathons (best time 3h 59 min). In recent years he has been more active in cycling and triathlon events and has completed the Argus 105‐km cycle race on eight occasions.
Among other things, he is working on the role of the brain in regulating exercise performance and fatigue during exercise and the role of fluid ingestion in aiding performance and reducing medical risks.
Noakes is the author or co‐author of more than 250 scientific publications and is on the editorial boards of eight international scientific publications. He is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 1992, he was elected a Fellow of the University of Cape Town for sustained excellence in original scientific work. In 1992 and 1993, he was also one of the three finalists for the Burroughs Wellcome Gold Medal Award for Medical Research. In 1993, he received the Medical Research Council Publications Award for the best publication record in the previous three years by a South African medical scientist. In 1996, he was awarded the Citation Award of the American College of Sports Medicine and was the first South African to present the prestigious J B Wolffe Memorial Lecture at the American College of Sports Medicine. In 1999, he was elected as one of 22 founding members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Science Academy.
His book Lore of running is in its third edition in South Africa and the United States and has been translated for release in Japan. It is widely praised as the most complete such book yet written. Noakes is also co‐author of Running injuries (with Steve Granger), Lore of cycling, Running your best (with Steve Granger) and Rugby without risk (with Morné du Plessis).
Noakes is married to Marilyn Anne. They have two children, Travis aged 28 and Candice aged 26.