Popular Mechanics has named University of Cape Town bioengineer Dr George Vicatos as South Africa’s Inventor of the Year for his development of a versatile and potentially life-changing facial reconstruction system. His R50 000 prize money included an award for top spot in the Cutting Edge category of a nationwide inventors’ competition.

The award was made at a black-tie ceremony in Johannesburg following the third annual Popular Mechanics Inventors Conference. The judges remarked that Vicatos’ invention “demonstrated his commitment to a better understanding of the human organism and the tireless pursuit of practical solutions for its frailties”.

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Find out more about the category winners of PM’s Inventor of the Year competition at http://bit.ly/tc0X2g