Honorary Graduates of UCL

An Honorary Degree is the highest mark of distinction that a university can award.  Honorary Degrees are conferred on persons who have a record of outstanding achievement in scholarship or in public life and who have made contributions of unusual importance.  Recipients of Honorary Degrees will normally have or have had a close association with UCL.

The year of award of each Honorary Degree is indicated in square brackets.

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Mr Peter ACKROYD (D Lit)
Novelist and biographer. [2002]

Mr Martti AHTISAARI (LL D)
United Nations diplomat and mediator; Nobel Laureate (Peace, 2008). [2008]

Lady Justice ARDEN (LL D)
Judge of the Court of Appeal. [2011]

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Professor Henry BALTES (DSc (Eng))
Professor Emeritus of Physical Electronics, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology. [2008]

Professor Chunil BAI (DSc)
President, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). [2012]

Professor Homi K. BHABHA (D Lit)
Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of English and American Literature and Language, Harvard University. [2011]

Dame Carol BLACK (DSc (Med))
National Director for Health and Work; Professor of Rheumatology, UCL. [2009]

Dame Jocelyn BURNELL DBE (DSc)
Astrophysicist. [2013]

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Professor Guy CANIVET (LL D)
Former Chief Justice, Cour de cassation, France. [2004]

Professor Lorna CASSELTON (DSc) Emeritus Professor of Fungal Genetics, University of Oxford; Foreign Secretary and Vice-President of the Royal Society, 2006-11. [2010]

Sir William CASTELL (DSc (Med))
Chairman of the Wellcome Trust. [2013]

Sir Cyril CHANTLER(DSc (Med))
Chairman, UCL Partners. [2012]

Professor Helene CIXOUS (D Lit)
Writer, academic and feminist thinker. [2009]

Madame Justice Fernanda CONTRI (LL D)
Former Vice-President and President of the Italian Bar Association. [2002]

Sir David COOKSEY GBE (DSc)
Businessman and policy advisor; Chairman of the Francis Crick Institute, since 2009. [2011]

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Professor Martin DAUNTON (D Lit)
President of the Royal Historical Society; Master of Trinity Hall and Professor of Economic History, University of Cambridge. [2006]

Mr Andrew DAVIES (D Lit)
Author, screenwriter and playwright. [2006]

Professor Angus DEATON (DSc (Econ))
Microeconomist; Dwight D Eisenhower Professor of International Affairs and Professor of Economics and International Affairs, Princeton University. [2007]

Professor Donald DINGWELL (DSc)
Secretary-General, European Research Council (ERC), since 2011. [2012]

Lord DYSON (LLD)
Master of the Rolls. [2013]

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Professor Sir Martin EVANS (DSc (Med))
Professor Emeritus of Mammalian Genetics, Cardiff University; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2007). [2008]

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Lord FOSTER of Thames Bank (DSc)
Architect. [2009]

Professor Robert F FURCHGOTT (DSc (Med))
Biochemist; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 1998). [1998]

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Professor William M GORMAN (DSc (Econ))
Economist. [1998]

Mr Antony GORMLEY (D Lit)
Artist and sculptor. [2006]

Sir Malcolm GRANT (LLD)
Chairman of NHS England; President and Provost of UCL, 2003-13. [2013]

Sir Nicholas GRIMSHAW
Architect. [2011]

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Professor Peter HAGGETT (DSc)
Professor Emeritus of Urban and Regional Geography, University of Bristol. [2008]

Lady Justice Heather HALLET (LLD)
Judge of the Royal Court of Appeal. [2012]

Mr Itsuko HASEGAWA (D Lit)
Architect. [2001]

Professor James HECKMAN (DSc (Econ)
Henry Schultz Distinguished Professor of Economics, University of Chicago; Nobel Laureate (Economics, 2000). [2013]

Professor Sir Bob HEPPLE (LL D)
Emeritus Professor of Law, University of Cambridge. [2005]

Professor Dame Julia HIGGINS (DSc)
Senior Research Investigator and Emeritus Professor of Polymer Science, Imperial College London. [2012]

Professor Peter HIGGS (DSc)
Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics, University of Edinburgh; Nobel Laureate (Physics, 2013). [2010]

Mr Alan HOLLINGHURST (D Lit)
Novelist. [2012]

Professor Rodney HUDDLESTONE (D Lit)
Linguist and grammarian. [2005]

Sir Tim HUNT (DSc (Med))
Biochemist; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2001). [2003]

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Ms Luce IRIGARAY (D Lit)
Linguist, psychoanalyst and feminist philosopher. [2008]

Professor Jonathan ISRAEL (DLit)
Professor of Intellectual History, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton. [2010]

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Dr Thomas JESSELL (DSc)
Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University, New York, USA. [2004]

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Professor Sir Charles Kuen KAO (DSc)
"Father of Fibre Optics"; Nobel Laureate (Physics, 2009). [2010]

Professor Eric KANDEL (DSc (Med))
Neuroscientist; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2000).  [2001]

Professor Timothy KILLEEN (DSc)
Assistant Director for the Geosciences, US National Science Foundation. [2010]

Professor Sir David KING (DSc)
Chief Scientific Advisor to H.M. Government and Head of the Office of Science and Innovation, 2000-08. [2009]

Professor Sir Harold KROTO (DSc)
Chemist; Nobel Laureate (Chemistry, 1996). [2000]

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Dr Meave LEAKEY (DSc)
Palaeontologist. [2004]

Madame Noelle LENIOR (LL D)
Biologist; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 1995). [2002]

Dr Benjamin LEWIN (DSc)
Publisher. [2001]

Professor Arthur Kwok-Cheung LI (DSc (Med))
Secretary of Education and Manpower, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, 2002-07. [2006]

Professor Dr Jutta LIMBACH (LL D)
Jurist and politician. [2002]

Sir Stuart LIPTON (DSc (Eng))
Property developer. [2009]

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Professor Dame Sally MACINTYRE (DSc)
Professor of Social & Public Health Sciences, University of Glasgow. [2013]

Sir Cameron MACKINTOSH (D Lit)
Theatrical producer. [1999]

Professor Gail MARTIN (DSc (Med))

Head of the PIBS Program in Developmental Biology, University of California, San Francisco. [2011]

Mr Ian MCEWAN (D Lit)
Novelist and screenwriter. [2008]

Professor Daniel MCFADDEN (DSc (Econ))
Econometrician; Nobel Laureate (Economics, 2000). [2003]

Mr Neil MACGREGOR (DLit)
Director, British Museum. [2010]

Dr Mortimer MISHKIN (DSc)
Neuropsychologist; Senior Investigator, National Institute of Mental Health, USA. [2007]

Dr John MULVEY (DSc)
Joint Founder and Director, Save British Science Society. [1999]

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Mr Haruo NAITO (DSc)
President and CEO, Eisai Ltd. [2013]

Professor Njabulo NDEBELE (D Lit)
Author; Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University Cape Town, 2000-08. [2006]

Professor Dr Erwin NEHER (DSc (Med))
Biophysicist; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 1991). [2003]

Lord NEUBERGER of Abbotsbury (LL D)
Master of the Rolls. [2010]  

Sir Paul NURSE (DSc (Med))
President of the Royal Society and Director, Francis Crick Institute; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2001). [2011]

Dr Christiane NUSSLEIN-VOLHARD (DSc)
Biologist; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 1995). [2002]

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Dr Lloyd J OLD (DSc (Med))
Director of the Scientific Advisory Council, Cancer Research Institute, New York, USA; William E. Snee Professor of Cancer Immunology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA. [1997]

Professor Takeshi OKA (DSc)
Professor Emeritus of Chemistry and Astronomy, University of Chicago. [2004]

Baroness O'NEILL of Bengarve (D Lit)
Professor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge; Chairman of the Trustees, The Nuffield Foundation. [2010]

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Sir Keith PETERS (DSc (Med))
Senior Consultant in Research and Development for GlaxoSmithKline; President of the Academy of Medical Sciences, 2002-06. [2011]

Professor Baron Peter PIOT (DSc (Med))
Director and Professor of Global Health, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine. [2012]

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Professor Mamphela RAMPHELE (DSc)
Trustee, The Rockefeller Foundation; Managing Director of Human Development, World Bank, 2000-04; Vice-Chancellor, University of Cape Town, 1996-99. [1997]

Lord ROGERS of Riverside (D Lit)
Architect. [1997]

Professor Sir Joseph ROTBLAT (DSc)
Physicist; Nobel Laureate (Peace, 1995). [2001]

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Lord SAINSBURY of Turville (DSc)
Businessman and politician. Chancellor, University of Cambridge, since 2011.  [2007]

Professor Bert SAKMANN (D Lit)
Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 1991); Emeritus Scientific Member, Max Planck Institute for Medical Research, Heidelberg, Germany. [1999]

Professor Joachim SAUER (DSc)
Professor of Physical and Theoretical Chemistry, Humboldt University, Berlin. [2013]

Sir John SKEHEL (DSc)
Virologist. [2004]

Dr Max van der STOEL (LL D))
High Commissioner on National Minorities of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, 1992-2000.  [2001]

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Professor Janet THORNTON (DSc)
Director, European Bioinformatics Institute. [2007]

Mrs Anna Kajumolo TIBAIJUKA (DSc (Eng))
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and Executive Director of the United Nations Human Settlements Programme. [2003]

Mr Michel TOURNIER (D Lit)
Writer. [1997]

Professor Anne TREISMAN (DSc)
Professor of Psychology, Princeton University. [1997]

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Mr Mario VARGAS LLOSA (D Lit)
Writer and politician. [1998].

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Mr Derek WALCOTT (D Lit)
Poet, playwright, writer and visual artist. [2002]

Professor Sir Nicholas WALD (DSc (Med))
Epidemiologist; Professor of Environmental and Preventative Medicine, Wolfson Institute of Preventive Medicine, Queen Mary University of London. [2005]

Professor James WATSON (DSc)
Molecular Biologist and zoologist; Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 1962). [2000]

Professor Joseph WEILER (LL D)
Joseph Straus Professor of Law and European Union Jean Monnet Chair, New York University Law School. [2000]

Dr Malcolm WIENER (DSc)
Aegean prehistorian. [2009]

Lord WOOLF of Barnes (LL D)
Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, 2000-05; Chair, UCL Council, 2005-08. [2009]

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Lord YOUNG of Graffham (LL D)
Politician and businessman; Chair, UCL Council, 1995-2005. [2006]

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