Prof. Thebe Medupe North-West University, South Africa (pdf of presentation is available here)
The history of stellar astrophysics research in South Africa started in 1820 with the first Astronomical Observatory in Cape Town. The early days were marked by accurate astrometry and measurement of distances to stars. In the last 50 years the main work has been studies of pulsating stars. Pulsating stars pulsate because of seismic waves inside them. In this talk I will review some of the important works that have been done in South Africa on this, and other contributions to Stellar research work both from theoretical and observational angles.