List of University of the Witwatersrand people

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This is a list of notable alumni and staff of the University of the Witwatersrand.

Arts[edit]

Herman Charles Bosman

Architecture and Design[edit]

Business and entrepreneurship[edit]

  • Sir Winfried Franz Wilhem Bischoff, Anglo-German banker, who is currently chairman of Lloyds Banking Group plc. He was formerly chairman of Citigroup and previously served as interim CEO of the same company in 2007. Bischoff was knighted in 2000.
  • Thomas Boardman, Non-executive Director of Nedbank. Tom Boardman was previously appointed Chief Executive of the Group and the Bank and was formerly the Chief Executive and an executive director of BoE. Past directorships include Boardmans and Sam Newman Limited as well as BoE International Holdings Limited and Northwind Investments (Pty) Limited. He is a non-executive director of Mutual & Federal Insurance Company Limited and the Banking Association, director of Vodacom Group (Pty) Ltd and the WWF South Africa (World Wide Fund for Nature).
  • Errol Glasser, Leading US Investment Banker
  • Donald Gordon is perhaps best known for Liberty Life, the life assurance company he started in 1958 with R100,000 when he was only 27 years old. From this base, Liberty grew and in 1962 listed on the JSE. In 1999 he retired as chairman of Liberty Life, by then the third largest insurer in South Africa, and 'retired' to London. He was awarded a knighthood in 2005 in recognition of his services to the arts and business.
  • Brian Joffe, Chief Executive Officer of Bidvest Plc. Brian Joffe founded Bidvest Corporation in 1988
  • Norm Judah, Microsoft Services chief technology officer of Worldwide Services and IT
  • Gail Kelly (born Gail Currer) is an Australian and South African business person. In 2002 she became the first woman CEO of a major Australian bank or top 15 company and, as at 2005, was the highest paid woman at an Australian corporation. She took up the position of CEO at Westpac in 2008
  • Sol Kerzner, South African hotel and gambling magnate. Kerzner was born in Troyeville, Johannesburg, the youngest of four children to Jewish Russian immigrants. His family started a hotel chain. Took over the running of the group and went on to create the most successful hotel group in South Africa, Sun International. He is now Chairman of the Board of Kerzner International based on Paradise Island, Bahamas.
  • Ludwig Lachmann, economist and important contributor to the Austrian School.
  • Mark Lamberti, Non-Executive Chairman: Massmart Holdings; Deputy Chairman: Massmart Holdings Ltd; Alternate Director: Servistar (Pty) Ltd; Non-Executive Director : Allied Electronics Corporation Ltd.
  • David Lobel, founder and Managing Partner, Sentinel Capital Partners, a leading middle-market private equity firm
  • Graham Mackay, Former Chairman and Ex-CEO of SABMiller plc. He joined SABMiller plc, the world’s second largest beer brewer, in 1978 and has held a number of senior positions in the SABMiller Group, including Executive Chairman of the beer business in South Africa. He was appointed Group Managing Director in 1997 and Chief Executive of South African Breweries plc upon its listing on the London Stock Exchange in 1999. He is the Senior Non-Executive Director of Reckitt Benckiser Group plc. Mr. Mackay serves on the Compensation and Leadership Development, Finance and Product Innovation and Regulatory Affairs Committees.
  • Martin Morgan, Chief Executive Officer and Director of DMGT.
  • Nthato Motlana, giant of South African business and the anti-apartheid struggle. He was one of the accused, with Mandela and 18 others, in the 1952 Defiance Campaign Trial. All the accused were convicted for their role in a campaign of peaceful protests against apartheid laws. Motlana was also the chairperson of the Soweto Committee of Ten which was formed to run Soweto's affairs after the collapse of the Soweto Urban Bantu Council. The Committee of Ten was among the organisations banned by the apartheid government on 19 October 1977 on what became known as "Black Wednesday".
  • Patrice Tlhopane Motsepe, South African mining magnate. According to Forbes Magazine Patrice Motsepe is worth more than R17-billion after adding a further R7-billion to his net worth in 2009.
  • Sir Ernest Oppenheimer, diamond and gold mining entrepreneur, financier and philanthropist, who controlled De Beers and founded the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa
  • Maria Ramos, South African economist and businesswoman. She is the CEO of ABSA Group, position which she has held since 1 March 2009 . ABSA Group it is one of South Africa's largest financial services groups. Previously she was CEO of Transnet. Transnet is overhauling South Africa’s largest transport company, which controls the country’s rail and port operations, divesting noncore assets, including South African Airways, embarking on a major capital-expenditure program, and improving customer service. Ramos was named outstanding businesswoman of the year (2009) in the African Business Awards granted by the Commonwealth Business Council and African Business magazine.
  • Patrick Soon-Shiong, South African-American surgeon and founder, chairman, and CEO of Abraxis BioScience, a biotechnology company developing cancer treatment. According to Forbes magazine he is amongst the world’s billionaires.
  • Lazarus Zim, founder of Afripalm Resources (Pty) Ltd. in 2006, and currently serving as its Chairman. Mr. Zim served as the Chief Executive Officer of Anglo American Corporation of South Africa Ltd. and Anglo American PLC since 1 February 2005. He served as a Member of Executive Board of Anglo American Plc.
  • Ivan Glasenberg, is the CEO of Glencore, one of the world's largest commodity trading companies.He is also on the boards of mining companies Xstrata plc and Minara Resources Ltd.
  • Robbie Brozin, CEO and Founder of Nandos
  • Ronnie Apteker, founder of Internet Solutions (IS), one of South Africa's largest Internet Service Providers.
  • Adrian Gore, is a leading South African businessman. He is the CEO of Discovery Holdings Ltd. and Chairman of both Destiny Health Inc. in the USA and Prudential Health Limited in the UK. He graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) with a B.Sc. (Honours) in Actuarial Science. In 1990, he was admitted as a Fellow of the Faculty of Actuaries (Edinburgh) and in 1992 as an Associate of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago). He is also a member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
  • Stan Bergman, Mr. Bergman is Chairman and CEO of Henry Schein, Inc., a Fortune 500® company and the world's largest distributor of health products and services to office-based dental, medical and animal health practitioners. Mr Bergman received his bachelor of commerce from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, where he completed postgraduate studies in accounting. He is a New York State Certified Public Accountant, a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and a South African Chartered Accountant.
  • Steven Collis, Chief Executive Officer and President of AmerisourceBergen Corporation since July 2011.Mr. Collis earned a Bachelor of Commerce with Honors degree from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
  • Koos Bekker, Former CEO of Naspers, the emerging markets media group operating in 129 countries. He led the founding team of M-Net in 1985, which resulted in pay TV operations today spanning 48 countries in Africa. Mr. Bekker obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in law and an honours degree in languages at the University of Stellenbosch in 1974 and 1975 respectively. He obtained a Bachelor of Laws degree from University of the Witwatersrand in 1978 and an MBA from Columbia University in 1984. He was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in commerce from the University of Stellenbosch.
  • Norman Adami, Norman Adami is the President of Miller Brewing, Milwaukee, United States of America. He is the President and Chief Executive Officer of SABMiller Americas, United States of America. He holds a Bachelor of Business Science (Hons) from the University of Cape Town and an MBA from the University of the Witwatersrand Business School.
  • Elizabeth Bradley, Elisabeth Bradley is a Non-Executive Chairman of Toyota SA Limited. She served as an Executive Director of AngloGold.
  • David Charles Brink, David Brink is a South African businessman. He is the Lead Independent Non-Executive Director at Steinhoff International Holdings Limited. He holds a Bachelor Science in Mining Engineering and a Masters of Science in Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • John Chalsty, Principal and Chairman of Muirfield Capital Management LLC, an asset management firm. He holds a BSc in chemistry and physics, a BSc(Hons) an MSc in Chemistry from the University of the Witwatersrand. The University has also awarded him an Honorary Doctorate in Commerce.
  • Stephen Koseff, Stephen Koseff is the Chief Executive Officer of Investec PLC and Investec Limited. He is also a Director of Bidvest Group Limited and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
  • Aanon Michael Rosholt, Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand from 1982-1996. He was Chairman of Barlows up until his retirement and Chairman of the Urban Foundation, the Joint Education Trust and the National Business Initiative. He also received "The Order of the Grand Counsellor of the Baobab" from the South African government.
  • David Sussman, founder and Executive Chairman of the JD Group. Before forming the JD Group, David founded his own company, Sustein (Pty) Ltd (trading as Price ‘n Pride) in 1983.
  • Tony Trahar, businessman and former chairman of Anglo American. Trahar was educated at St John's College and the University of the Witwatersrand, after which he qualified as a chartered accountant. He was CEO of Anglo American from 2000-2007.
  • Brian Zylstra (1935-2012). Graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 1957.
  • Gary Barber. Chairman and CEO of Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Bachelor of Commerce. Certificate in the Theory of Accountancy
  • Lael Bethlehem, Former CEO of the Johannesburg Development Agency. Investment Executive at Hosken Consolidated Investments.
  • Vuyo Jack, Businessman and CEO of Empowerdex
  • Dixit Joshi, Head of equities for Europe the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) at Deutsche Bank
  • Meyer Feldberg, Senior Advisor to Morgan Stanley
  • Kim McFarland, Chief Operating Officer of Investec Asset Management (Pty) Limited. She is also Chief Financial Officer of Investec Asset Management (Pty) Ltd in Cape Town and a member of the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants.
  • Alan Pullinger, Chief Executive Officer of Rand Merchant Bank
  • Victor Sekese, Chief Executive of SizweNtsalubaGobodo, the largest black owned accounting firm in South Africa
  • Geoffrey Matus, Canadian based alum. Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of HO Financial Limited. President of Mandukwe Inc
  • David Goldblatt, photographer
  • Mark Prichard, CEO and one of the three founding members of NMG Consultants and Actuaries (Pty) Ltd.[1]
  • Alan Demby, Founder of Scoin shops and Executive chairperson of The Gold Group, incorporating the South African Gold Coin Exchange (SAGCE), The Scoin Shop and GIC
  • Derek Keys, Derek Lyle Keys (born 30 August 1931[1]) was the finance minister of South Africa from 1992 to September 1994, serving in the cabinets of F W de Klerk and Nelson Mandela.
  • Nic Kohler CEO of Hollard. Largest independent and privately owned insurer in South Africa
  • Sir Mark Weinberg, South African-born British financier. In 1961 he founded Abbey Life Assurance Company in London,[1] which was one of the first companies to develop unit-linked assurance and where he formed one of the UK’s first retail property funds
  • Adam Levy, Property developer.

Education[edit]

Historians[edit]

Legal profession[edit]

4 May 2009 Dr Beric Croome is keynote speaker for the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) graduation ceremony for all the graduating students of the Faculty of Commerce, Law and Management. Photograph shows from left to right: Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Y Ballim, Dr Beric Croome and Professor David Kolitz, President of the Convocation of the University of the Witwatersrand
  • George Bizos, human rights advocate.
  • Arthur Chaskalson, former President of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and Chief Justice of South Africa.Richard Goldstone, judge and international war crimes prosecutor.
  • Beric John Croome, an Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, a Chartered Accountant CA(SA) and a taxpayers' rights legal pioneer completed a Higher Diploma in Tax Law (cum laude) at the University of the Witwatersrand (1989) He was awarded the Edward Nathan Friedland Tax Prize for the year. In 2002, Croome was a nominee for the University of the Witwatersrand Convocation Honour Award for his contribution to commerce and industry.
  • Sydney Kentridge, advocate and Acting Justice of the Constitutional Court
  • Mervyn E. King, former judge of the Supreme Court of South Africa and director of the Global Reporting Initiative
  • Ismail Mahomed, (1931 - 2000). Justice Mahomed was appointed to the Constitutional Court in 1994. In 1998 he was made Chief Justice, a position he held until his death in 2000.
  • Margaret H. Marshall, Chief Justice Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Azhar Cachalia, Judge at the South African Supreme Court of Appeal, Anti-Apartheid activist, a founding member of the United Democratic Front served in Government as Secretary for Safety and Security.
  • Dikgang Moseneke, Chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand and Deputy Chief Justice of South Africa.
  • Sir Sydney Lipworth, BCom, LLB, Honorary Doctor of Law
  • Lord Joel Joffe, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Law (Wits), Honorary Doctrate of Law (Wits).
  • John Dugard, Professor of Law.
  • Advocate Dali Mpofu, anti-apartheid activist
  • Ronald Bobroff, was President of the Law Society, is current President of SAAPIL
  • Professor Sir Bob Hepple
  • Justice Anthony Gubbay
  • Amina Cachalia
  • Jody Kollapen, Judge of the High Court of South Africa. He had previously served as the commissioner of the South African Human Rights Commission. Prior to joining the Commission in 1996, Kollapen practised as an attorney, and was a member of Lawyers for Human Rights.
  • Bheki Mlangeni, Anti-apartheid lawyer.
  • Prof David Bilchitz , Professor at the University of Johannesburg and Director of the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC).
  • Israel "Isie" Aaron Maisels,QC
  • Professor Paul Boberg, legal academic and former Dean of the School of Law.
  • Professor Ellison Kahn, legal scholar and former Dean of the School of Law.
  • Tawanda Mutengwa, noted South African Australian legal scholar.
  • The Honourable Justice David Hammerschlag, Supreme Court of New South Wales, Australia

Medicine[edit]

  • Dr Basil Hirschowitz, Inventor of the first fiberoptic endoscope. Died in 2012
  • Terence English, Cardiac surgeon
  • Dr Alan Menter, (MBBCh)(1966)(Wits). Dr. Menter is a world-renowned dermatologist, noteworthy for his expertise in the treatment of psoriasis and other complicated diseases of the skin. He is Chairman of the Division of Dermatology and Director of the Dermatology Residency program for Baylor University Medical Center, and Clinical Professor of Dermatology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, both in Dallas.
  • DR John K. Lundy, visionary bioanthropologist and sagacious medical examiner.
  • Dr Harry Seftel
  • Sydney Brenner, a South African biologist and a 2002 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine laureate, shared with H. Robert Horvitz and John Sulston.
  • Dr Stephen Sergay, Neurologist
  • Emeritus Professor Lewis Spitz, Paediatric Surgeon
  • Prof Glenda Gray - President of the South African Medical Research Council, pediatrician
  • Dr Esther Franks. First female ophthalmologist in South Africa
  • Dr Jack Penn, known world-wide for his innovative techniques in plastic surgery, notably the Brenthurst Splint
  • Dr William Harding le Riche. World famous epidemiologist. Established the first non-segregated health centre in Knysna
  • Dr Bernard Tabatznik. Put together the team that developed the Implantable Cardiac Defibrillator (ICD). This device, which took almost 12 years of development before it was first put into a human patient at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1980, has been named one of the top 10 advances in Cardiology in the 20th century.
  • Dr Priscilla Kincaid-Smith. Known as “the mother of nephrology”. She was appointed Commander of The Order of the British Empire (Civil) on 14 June 1975, for services to medicine. In 1989 she was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC). She was the first woman to become President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1986 – 1988) and was the winner of the Australian Achiever Award in 1997 for a lifetime’s work in renal health.
  • DR Julien Hoffman. One of the leading paediatric cardiologists as well as cardiac physiologists in the world.He is a world renowned expert in the epidemiology of congenital cardiovascular malformations.
  • Prof Phillip Tobias, was a South African palaeoanthropologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. He was best known for his work at South Africa's hominid fossil sites.[2] He was also an activist for the eradication of apartheid and gave numerous anti-apartheid speeches at protest rallies and also to academic audiences.
  • Professor Raymond Dart became Dean of the Faculty of Medicine in 1925 and remained Dean until 1943, the longest term of service in that capacity in the history of Medical School. He announced the discovery of the Taung skull, the first of Africa’s early hominids, and named the species Australopithecus Africanus. He published an article in Nature (February). This and later discoveries established his international scientific reputation and brought enormous prestige to the University.
  • Dr Strong Thabo Makenete, became the first Lesotho Permanent Secretary for Health in 1966 after independence.
  • Dr Ronald F Dorfman, has a disease named after him: the Sinus Histiocytosis with Massive Lymphadenopathy benign disorder (SHML) was named the ‘Rosai-Dorfman disease’
  • Dr Colin Caro, made a global impact in the field of Biomedical Engineering
  • Dr Thomas Hamilton Bothwell, pioneered the use of radioactivity as a tool to unravel the mysteries of iron metabolism and was among the first in the world to describe radioiron kinetics in haemochromatosis and in normal iron metabolism.
  • Dr Nthatho Harrison Motlana was a struggle activist, academic, businessman and the Mandela family physician.
  • Dr John Brereton Barlow. A giant of cardiology widely regarded as the most complete and accomplished cardiologist of his generation.
  • Professor Hendrik Koornhof was Hhad of the Department of Medical Microbiology at Wits/SAIMR and was subsequently recognised as a giant in the field of infectious diseases and the study of bacterial pathogens during his long career.
  • Dr Michael Charles Kew. World expert in the cause or causes of the cancer of the liver.
  • Dr George Cohen, a radiologist, conceived and established Harry’s Angels. It was formed in conjunction with Swaziland’s Permanent Secretary of Health, Dr Charles Runciman. It became the world’s largest international flying medical specialist service that performed over 5 500 operations by the end of 1977, and examined and treated more than 40 000 non-operative cases.
  • Dr Teresa Nxumalo, the first African woman to qualify in dentistry in South Africa.
  • Dr Kenneth Mathobela, the first African dentist to graduate (BDS 1975) in South Africa.
  • Senior Surgeon Dr Phyllis Knocker, the first woman surgeon in South Africa, became the first woman President of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa (1983-1986).
  • Dr Bert Myburgh, performed first kidney/pancreas transplant operation in South Africa.

Politics and public service[edit]

Science and technology[edit]

  • Lee Berger, paleoanthropologist and winner of the 1st National Geographic Prize for Research and Exploration.
  • Marlene Behrmann, cognitive neuroscientist specializing in visual perception, specifically object recognition. Professor at Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Jan C. A. Boeyens, chemist
  • Selig Percy Amoils, ophthalmologist and biomedical engineering inventor.
  • Ron Clarke, paleoanthropologist.
  • Colin Gerald Caro Discoveries in physiological fluid flow
  • Raymond Dart, anatomist and anthropologist, discoverer of the Taung Child.
  • H. J. De Blij, Geographer, Professor, Television Personality, Analyst, and Award Winner.
  • David A. Forsyth, computer vision researcher.
  • Max Gluckman, anthropologist.
  • Julien Hoffman, cardiologist, professor.
  • Paul F. Kantor, professor of pediatric cardiology (Chief of Paediatric Cardiology, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada)
  • David King, scientist.
  • James Kitching, Karooo paleontologist.
  • Aaron Klug, Nobel Prize: Chemistry; 1982
  • Danie G. Krige, Mining Engineer who pioneered the field of geostatistics.
  • Robert Kröger specializes in Aquatic Sciences and is a Professor at Mississippi State University[1]
  • Jonathan Lewis, Surgical Oncologist, Biomedical Researcher, Developer of Cancer Drugs.
  • David Lewis-Williams, is Professor emeritus of Cognitive Archaeology at the University of the Witwatersrand specialising in Upper-Palaeolithic and Bushmen rock art. He is the founder of the Rock Art Research Institute at the University of the Witwatersrand.
  • Tingye Li One of the pioneers in LASERS and optical communication.
  • Doron Lubinsky, mathematician and author.
  • Kim Man Lui, software engineer
  • John K. Lundy, visionary bioanthropologist and sagacious medical examiner.
  • Frank Nabarro, solid state physicist, DVC.
  • Allistair Neil, geoscientist, first graduate of school of geosciences.
  • Wanda Orlikowski, Information Systems scholar
  • Seymour Papert, artificial intelligence pioneer and inventor of the Logo programming language.
  • David Pettifor, physicist.
  • Audrey Richards, social anthropologist.
  • Peter Sarnak, mathematician.
  • Friedel Sellschop, physicist [2]
  • Herbert Sichel, statistician.
  • Himla Soodyall, geneticist.
  • Lars Georg Svensson, cardiac surgeon.
  • Phillip Tobias, paleoanthropologist and anatomist.
  • Sir Jack Zunz, civil engineer.
  • Professor Roy Robins-Browne, Leading Tropical Medicine researcher
  • Dr Bernie Fanaroff, Physicist and Project Director at South African Square Kilometre Array Project
  • John Burland, Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Investigator at the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering of Imperial College London.
  • Doris Kuhlmann-Wilsdorf, World-famous for her work in materials science
  • John Burland became Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at the Imperial College, London and lead the international consulting team that stabilized the leaning tower of Pisa. He is one of the few engineers to be elected a Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS).
  • Oskar Steffen founded the international geotechnical consulting firm of SRK Consulting, who have offices on six continents (Africa, North and South America, Asia, Australia and Europe). His partners, Andy Robertson and Hendrik Kirsten are also graduates of the Department.
  • Lewis Wolpert graduated in Civil Engineering, but then proceeded to study biology at Imperial College, becoming Professor of Biology Applied to Medicine at University College, London. He was also a FRS and a distinguished popular science lecturer and writer.
  • Sir Basil Schonland, Honorary Doctor of Science (1957) founding director of the Bernard Price Institute of Geophysics at the University of the Witwatersrand where he made significant contributions to the study of atmospheric electricity, photographing lightning and investigating the electric fields generated by thunderclouds

Sports[edit]

  • Bruce Fordyce, marathon and ultramarathon athlete who won the Comrades Marathon a record nine times (eight times consecutively).
  • Jan Mallen, marathon and ultramarathon female athlete who won the Comrades Marathon
  • Hendrik Ramaala, winner of the 2004 New York City Marathon and 2004 Mumbai Marathon. He also has two silver medals from the IAAF World Half Marathon Championships in 1998 and 1999. In 2006 he also won the men's Great North Run. He is a two-time national champion in the 5.000 metres.
  • Ali Bacher, a former South African Test cricketer and an administrator of the United Cricket Board of South Africa.
  • Mandy Yachad, a former South African cricketer and field hockey player who represented the South African national team in both sports.
  • Dave Levick, the youngest person to win the Comrades marathon.
  • George Mallory, the first South African to summit Mount Everest (in the footsteps of his grandfather, of the same name)
  • Chick Henderson, John Hamilton "Chick" Henderson was a South African rugby union footballer and commentator.
  • Dr Alan Menter chosen for the Springbok rugby team in 1968.
  • Mark Plaatjes
  • Richard Snell South African cricketer.
  • Edgar "Eddie" Barlow South African cricketer.
  • Neville Graham, gymnastics
  • Piet Kruger, rugby
  • Michel Antelme , rugby
  • Gordon Day, athletics
  • Joe Kaminer, rugby
  • Clve Ulyate, rugby
  • Sonja Laxton, athletics
  • Paul Nash, athletics
  • Malcolm Dorfman, karate
  • Athol Jennings, rugby
  • Gary Bailey, football (played for England)
  • Elaine Winter, athletics
  • Peter de Waal, cricket
  • Shané Dorfman, karate
  • Hugh Baiocchi, golf
  • Wilf Rosenberg, rugby
  • Henry Forrest, rugby
  • Natasha Meisler, judo
  • Syd Newman, rugby (England ’47-’49; SA trialist ‘49
  • Ian Holding, squash
  • Peter Rich, athletics
  • Odette Richard, gymnastics
  • Stephen Jack, cricket
  • Andrew Polasek

Miscellaneous[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nmg.co.za/en/benefits/profile/directors.php