Professor Chris Buckley, A Staff Of University Of KZN Has Passed Away

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Professor Chris Buckley Cause Of Death - Obituary 5th July 1949 to 27th May 2021

Professor Chris Buckley Cause Of Death – Obituary 5th July 1949 to 27th May 2021 : Following a courageous fight against cancer, a long-time staff member of University of KwaZulu-Nata, South Africa and international water sanitation pioneer, Chris Buckley has died, May 27, 20201. He was 72-year-old.

Prof. Buckley had fought hard and brave against cancer and have decided to take a rest. “The University community was saddened to learn of the passing of long-time staff member and international water and sanitation pioneer, Professor Chris Buckley, on 27 May 2021 after a hard and brave fight against cancer,” the University announced on Twitter, July 7, 2021.

Who Is Professor Chris Buckley?

Buckley was a Director of the UKZN Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Research and Development Centre (the WASH R&D Centre), formally known as the Pollution Research Group (PRG).

‘Chris was a true legend and pioneer who dedicated his life to providing water and sanitation services to the unserved,’ say his colleagues and friends, Mrs Susan Mercer and Dr Konstantina Velkushanova

He was Head of the Pollution Research Group, a professional research group researching (through a sustainability lens) water management issues in the industrial and municipal sectors in Africa and Asia and in particular Southern Africa. The current emphasis is on water supply and sanitation services to the unserverved and isues related to industrial wastewater and salinity

Over the span of his research career, Buckley secured significant funding grants from organizations such as the Water Research Commission, eThekwini Municipality and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as many other public and private organizations. His commitment to producing high quality research outputs and his ability to adapt to the changing research landscape ensured that these funding relationships endured under his leadership.

In order to reflect the growing range of research undertaken by the group, the PRG was rebranded and relaunched as the WASH R&D Centre in December 2020.

Left To Mourn Him

Chris leaves behind his wife Ann, his daughter Pippa, his son Tim, his son-in-law Tim, daughter-in-law Stephanie and five beautiful granddaughters. We express our heartfelt condolences to the family.