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Bi­ol­o­gists have hon­oured Man­dela by nam­ing a host of new dis­cov­er­ies af­ter him.

These in­clude the Stasi­mo­pus man­de­lai, a species of trap­door spi­der; Sin­gafrotypa man­dela, an African orb-weav­ing spi­der; and the Man­delia mic­o­co­mata, a seaslug liv­ing off South Africa’s coast.

In 1973 Leeds Univer­sity’s cos­mic ray group named the “Man­dela par­ti­cle” af­ter him, which sci­en­tists be­lieved could be a new fun­da­men­tal par­ti­cle 40 to 70 times the mass of a pro­ton. The par­ti­cle was later found not to ex­ist. Univer­sity clubbed to­gether to give him a joint hon­orary doc­tor­ate.

Ac­cord­ing to the Tele­graph, the SA em­bassy in­formed them he couldn’t make the cer­e­mony. The univer­sity, mean­while, said it was an hon­our to have him in the city. “It was amaz­ing that he turned up in Leeds at all, and the whole event was enough to bring tears to our eyes,” a spokesman said.

PIC­TURE: ULLI MICHEL/REUTERS

Nel­son and Win­nie Man­dela on his re­lease from Vic­tor Ver­ster Prison on Fe­bru­ary 11, 1990.

An un­dated photo of Nel­son Man­dela in his box­ing days.

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