UCL welcomes new honorary graduates

17 September 2010

UCL has bestowed eight honorary degrees this year – the highest mark of distinction that a university can award.

Audience at the honorary degrees' ceremony

Every year UCL awards honorary degrees to people who have a record of outstanding achievement in scholarship or in public life and who have made contributions of unusual importance. 

The recipients of the degrees are:

  • Professor Lorna Ann Casselton, Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc): Foreign Secretary of the Royal Society and Emeritus Professor of Fungal Genetics in the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Oxford
  • Professor Peter Ware Higgs, Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc): British theoretical physicist
  • Professor Jonathan Irvine Israel, Doctor of Literature honoris causa (DLit): Writer on Dutch history, the Age of Enlightenment and European Jewry.
  • Professor Charles K. Kao, Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc): the 2009 Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • Professor Timothy Killeen, Doctor of Science honoris causa (DSc): Assistant Director for the Geosciences at the US National Science Foundation
  • Neil MacGregor, Doctor of Literature honoris causa (DLit): Director of the British Museum
  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, Doctor of Laws honoris causa (LLD): Master of the Rolls
  • The Baroness Professor Onora O’Neill of Bengarve, Doctor of Literature honoris causa (DLit): Philosopher and crossbench member of the House of Lords

A dinner was held at UCL on 6 September 2010 in honour of this year's recipients.

To view a gallery of the honorary graduates, click on the slideshow below.

To find out more about each graduate, select 'Show info' at the top right-hand of the screen.

To view the awards ceremony in full, click on the player below.

To find out more about the wide variety of eminent UCL alumni and affiliates, follow the link at the top of this item.