Professor Tim Noakes is a South African scientist and an emeritus professor in the Division of Exercise Science and Sports Medicine at the University of Cape Town. He is also a member of the National Research Foundation of South Africa, who list him as one of their highest rated members. He has been cited more than 16,000 times in scientific literature and is the author of many hundreds of scientific articles and some of the field’s most notable books on exercise and diet. His book Lore of Running is considered the “bible of the sport”. Among Professor Noakes’ other published works are: Rugby without Risk; Bob Woolmer’s Art and Science of Cricket (co-written with the late Bob Woolmer); his scientific autobiography Challenging Beliefs, and Waterlogged: The Serious Problem of Overhydration in Endurance Sports.
In recent years Professor Noakes has become well known for his support of a low-carbohydrate, high-fat (LCHF or Banting) diet, as set out in his book The Real Meal Revolution – a winning approach to diet now famously adopted by members of the Australian Cricket Team and their doctor, Peter Brukner.
Noakes has been physically active all his life, and has run more than 70 marathons and ultra-marathons. He devotes his time to developing a deeper understanding of good nutrition, and sharing his findings, regardless of the controversy this sometimes entails.