South African Association for Mass Spectrometry

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South African Association for Mass Spectrometry

SAAMS was set up in 1981 when Dr Louis Van Dyk from the Plant Protection Research Institute, who has GC-MS offices for about three years, thought it important to frame a gathering which could address operational issues of the mass spectrometry clients. At that stage, a dynamic Chromatography Discussion bunch existed, under the direction of the late Prof. Victor Pretorius, however there was nothing for mass spectrometrists.

Amid these years MS was bound to unique gatherings of, as Dr Van Dyk puts it, "Clerics adoring at the high sacrificial stone of MS-innovation" and the instruments were not precisely easy to understand, with the PCs taking up as much space as the MS itself.

Individuals required in natural MS were reached for an inaugural meeting at the Coal Research Institute of the CSIR to be held in June 1981. Dr Willie van Niekerk, of the then 'Nuclear Energy Board', got the chance to catch wind of the proposed meeting and reached Dr van Dyk asking for that all Mass Spectrometrists be welcomed since there were so couple of specialists in South Africa.

The meeting occurred as a smaller than expected symposium at which various papers were introduced. Toward the end of the symposium it was chosen to frame an expert and after much civil argument, the name SAAMS, proposed by Dr Zeno Apostolodies, was embraced since the acronym could be utilized, both in English and in Afrikaans.

Dr Willie van Niekerk was chosen the principal director and Dr van Dyk was chosen secretary/treasurer. Around 20 individuals went to the inaugural meeting and very quickly after, "group" of up to 50 individuals were going to one day symposiums and workshops.

From the begin it was felt that it is helpful to subsidiary with the South African Chemical Institute and the affiliation, together with the Chromatography bunch became the main subject segments of SACI.

In 1984, Dr Laurraine Lotter assumed control as director and SAAMS has kept on developing to a present enrollment of 250 individuals.

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