Thomas Brennan

DPhil student: Oxford University

Rhodes scholar Thomas Brennan already has a PhD from Oxford University. Now he's working on his DPhil in biomedical information engineering �also at Oxford. But Brennan's focus is more grassroots than ivory tower. He says he wants to find low-cost solutions to community health problems. "It's time for all of us to pull up our socks and start being creative, innovative and proactive,� he says. When he was growing up the UCT graduate was inspired by his mother's idealism and his father's passion. He counts Apple's Steve Jobs as one of his role models. Brennan loves Oxford for its vibrancy and multi- disciplinary approach. But Cape Town will always be home. He says he feels "humbled� by fellow South Africans who have had to overcome "tremendous hurdles� to transform their lives. He recognises that he has been luckier than most, and constantly reminds himself that "from those to whom much has been given, much is expected�.�Sipho McDermott

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