Bruce Rubidge is Director of the DST- NRF Centre of Excellence for Palaeosciences. Bruce was born in Graaff-Reinet in 1956 and collected his first worthwhile fossil, a gorgonopsian, at the age of 5.
He achieved his BSc; BSc (Hons) cum laude; MSc cum laude at Stellenbosch University, and completed his PhD in geology/palaeontology through the University of Port Elizabeth while in the employ of the National Museum, Bloemfontein where he headed the Karoo Palaeontology Department. In 1990 he was appointed Director of the Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research. His research speciality is vertebrate palaeontology (particularly basal therapsids) as well as stratigraphy and basin development of Karoo-aged rocks of southern Africa.
Research collaborations have taken him to fossil vertebrate collections and sedimentary basins in Africa Europe, Asia, Australia and north and South America. He has published more than 140 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals on various aspects of vertebrate palaeontology as well as stratigraphy and basin development of Karoo-aged rocks of southern Africa. He serves on several national and international geoscience-related committees. He is a National Research Foundation A-rated scientist.