Professor Lawrance Hunter is a world renowned textile scientist.  He received his MSc Textiles (1969) and PhD (1974) from the University of Port Elizabeth.  He received Certificates in Textiles from the Leicester Polytechnic (now De Montford University - UK) and the City and Guilds (of London) being awarded the Wolsey and Bentley Engineering Prize for the highest marks and a Silver Medal in the City of Guilds of London Technician’s Final Certificate.
    He joined the CSIR as a researcher in 1965 and progressed to the position of Director, receiving the CSIR outstanding achievers award in 1994 and being appointed as a CSIR Divisional Fellow in 1999 and is now an “Emiritus Researcher” of the CSIR.  In 1967 he was appointed as accredited lecturer for the BSc Textiles at the University of Port Elizabeth (now the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University - NMMU) and since 1988 holds the position of Honorary Professor and Head of the Department of Textile Science at NMMU.
    He has acted as chairman of various international committees and was awarded the Fellowship (FTI) of the UK based Textile Institute.  He was awarded the prestigious Warner Memorial Medal by the Textile Institute for Outstanding Published Work in Textile Science and Technology, the only South African to achieve this.  He has published over 150 scientific and technical papers in national and international journals and conferences and has also published the only definitive technical book on Mohair in 1993.  He has contributed Chapters for a number of scientific and technical books published in the UK and the USA.