Prof. JN (Kobus) Eloff is the founder of the interdisciplinary Phytomedicine Programme, University of Pretoria using plants for human, animal and plant health. Was Executive Director National Botanical Gardens, Research Director National Botanical Institute, Professor Universities of Free State, Cape Town, Pretoria. Supervised 48 MSc and 49 PhD students completed More than 220 (> 91 invited/plenary/keynote) international presentations > 308 peer evaluated scientific publications > 10800 citations, h factor 50 Leadership role several national and international professional societies. Elected member of Italian Academy of Sciences Bologna Institute, African Academy of Sciences, Awarded SA Association of Botanists Silver and Gold medal and honorary Life membership; SA Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns Havenga medal, Gold medal and MT Steyn Prize; National Science and Technology Forum Eskom Prize for capacity development; Academy for Science of South Africa (ASSAf) Gold medal. Profile included in book of ASSAf entitled “Legends of South African Science”.