Timothy David Noakes (born 1949) is a South African professor of exercise and sports science at the University of Cape Town. He has run more than 70 marathons and ultra marathons, and is the author of the running book Lore of Running.
Noakes was born in Harare, Zimbabwe in 1949 and moved to South Africa at the age of five. As a young boy his main sporting interest was cricket. Noakes attended Monterey Preparatory School in Constantia, Cape Town, then Diocesan College. He has earned an MBChB (1974), MD (1981), and DSc (Med) (2002) from the University of Cape Town.
In 1980 Noakes was tasked to start a sports science course at the University of Cape Town. From these humble beginnings Noakes went on to head the Medical Research Council funded Bioenergetics of Exercise Research Unit, which was later changed to the MRC/UCT Research Unit for Exercise Science and Sports Medicine.
Today Noakes lectures to second and third year physiology students at the University of Cape Town. His lectures emphasise the importance of objective science and he urges students not to take all the facts presented to them at face value. His lectures, in nearly all fields, will contain some mention of the Central Governor Model and the history thereof.
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