DOUGLAS SMITH SCHOLAR-ELECT 2018 - St Andrew's College


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Oct 23, 2017
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Oct 30, 2017


The Headmaster of St Andrew’s College, Mr Alan Thompson, is delighted to announce that Mr James D’Urban Godlonton (Graham, 2013) has been awarded the Douglas Smith Scholarship to study at Cambridge University in 2018.

Douglas Smith was a Cricket Professional and Groundsman at St Andrew’s College for 41 years, and he bequeathed his estate to St Andrew’s College in the form of the Douglas Smith Scholarship which would sponsor an Old Andrean to study at Cambridge University. It was first awarded in 1952, and James Godlonton is the 25th recipient of this unique scholarship.

James was awarded Academic Honours at College and achieved 8 distinctions in Matric in 2013. He made it through to the 3rd round of the National Mathematics Olympiad, received a Bronze Award for the English Olympiad, and won the Rhodes Maths Experience Competition in his Matric year. He had the singular distinction of being invited to join three closed societies: the Astronomers Club, Alchemist Society and the Cornish Society. He was a highly skilled debater and was a member of the College team that took part in the Model United Nations debating tour to Dublin, Ireland in 2012.

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In terms of Leadership, James was a Prefect in Graham House, the Vice-Captain of the Squash 1st Team and Captain of the Hockey 2nd Team. In Basketball, he was awarded Colours and was selected for the U18A Eastern Province team. He earned his Proficiency Tie in Grade 11 and the Bronze standard of the President’s Award. He was awarded two prestigious Trophies at the end of his College career: The Delport Cup (awarded to a Matric boy who consistently achieved Academic Honours throughout his schooling and played two, or more, First Team Sports) and the Old Mutual Cup (awarded to the Matric boy who has made the most marked contribution to College in many spheres.)

James graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2016 with a First Class Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science and Mathematics (Distinction). He is currently completing his Honours Degree in Computer Science. He has been on the Dean’s Merit List every year of his degree and has been awarded two Class Medals. At UCT, he was awarded the Science Faculty Scholarship, and this year was awarded the NRF Freestanding and Innovation Honours Scholarship. He has also been working as a software development intern at Amazon Development Centre in Cape Town, as well as at

His primary research interest is decentralized peer-to-peer systems. James’ current Honours research is focused on technologies that promote accountability, and, in particular, creating systems that automatically classify the source of a news article. This research has the potential to lead to the identification of fake and malicious news online. James intends to study for an MPhil in Machine Learning and Machine Intelligence at Cambridge.

James’ exceptional intellect and sheer hard work has catapulted him onto the frontier of the digital world. He is passionate about his studies and will no doubt make an impact in his chosen career. He has an infectious personality that energizes everyone with whom he comes into contact. It is his generation that will shape the world that we live in up to the middle of this century. With young men like James, who have such diverse talents and interests, unfailing integrity, level-headed pragmatism and incisive problem-solving skills and intellect, driving the developments in digital technology, we look forward to a less disparate global society through greater and safer access to resources and more accountable governance.

The Andrean Community warmly congratulates James on this well-deserved award.