Prof Philip Mohr was awarded the Stals Prize for Economics by the South African Academy of Science and Arts on 13 September 2013 in Stellenbosch. In his commendation, Prof Estian Calitz said Prof Mohr is a highly regarded South African economist. During this ceremony, the SA Academy (Die Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns) also awarded prizes such as the Herzog Prize for Drama, as well as the MT Steyn Medal for Science and Technology.
During his professional life, Prof Mohr’s knowledge was especially transferred to economists and non-economists through highly acclaimed text books, both in English and Afrikaans, and through numerous articles in accredited peer-reviewed journals, as well as on stage: as a lecturer at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Unisa; as guest lecturer at various universities; and as presenter of 90 papers to professional and other audiences in South Africa and elsewhere.
Various government commissions and policy bodies have also utilised his expertise.
In a world that is easily pleased by instant answers, he was never satisfied with superficial analyses, work of poor quality and inaccuracy tolerated. He places a high premium on independent opinion and critical thinking. Philip Mohr deserves to be honoured as a scientist of note and economist of excellence.
The School of Economics, at the North-West University in Potchefstroom is especially proud of the award as this was the second Stals Price winner in a row that Prof Ewert Kleynhans has nominated. His work at the national level at the SA Academy is of great value to the School.