26 June 1927|
|Occupation||Anti-apartheid activist, Economics Professor, Member of parliament|
|Known for||Member of the African National Congress|
He was born in Latvia in 1927 and came with his family to South Africa in 1934. He graduated from the University of Cape Town in 1950. Returning to South Africa in 1953, he joined the South African Congress of Democrats and in 1955 became its secretary for the Cape western region, acting as a full-time organiser for the Congress of the People. He was the African representative on the Cape Provincial Council. He is the father of Neil Turok, a cosmologist, and founder of the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Muizenberg, South Africa. Turok was instrumental in helping draw up the Freedom Charter and also served time in jail under apartheid.
- Ben Turok's Personal website
- South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid - Building Democracy See a 56 min video interview of Ben Turok in 2006 recounting his participation in the struggle against apartheid and other topics, e.g. religion and the struggle.
- South Africa: Overcoming Apartheid - Building Democracy
- Read a brief biography of Ben Turok from South African History Online
- Archives of Ben Turok at the University of London[permanent dead link]
|This about an Anti-Apartheid activist article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|