After an academic career spanning 37 years, Dr Rob Gous retired from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in 2007 and is now an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at that university.
He continues to conduct research and supervise postgraduate students, his research interests being in the development of simulation models for growing broilers, turkeys and pigs, and for laying hens and broiler breeders. His career ticks all the boxes associated with the aims of the World’s Poultry Science Association. He was involved in university education for 37 years, teaching all aspects of poultry science to undergraduate students and then supervising many during their postgraduate training. He has also assisted in the training of postgraduate students in Brazil, Australia, the Netherlands, and the USA. He has published the results of his research extensively in the scientific literature, receiving many accolades and awards for the work he has done. The simulation models that he has developed are being used around the world in both industry and for teaching purposes at universities. He was instrumental in overturning the conventional wisdom related to the lighting of broiler breeder pullets and hens, and as a result of the practical research that he has conducted, he has been invited to many conferences and meetings around the world. He has spent much of his academic life assisting in ensuring that the WPSA remains active and relevant – he chaired the South African Branch of the WPSA for over 20 years and was a Vice-President of the World Branch of the WPSA for four terms, during one of which he was the Senior Vice-President.