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List of Honorary Graduates

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]

Sir Anthony Barnes ATKINSON (DSc (Econ))
Economist. Centennial Professor, LSE (2010-), Professor of Political Economy, UCL (1976-79). [2016]

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

Professor Chunli 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] 

Mr Harry BRADBEER (DLit)
Emmy-award winning Film and Television Director of Fleabag and Enola Holmes. [2021]

Lord Melvyn BRAGG (D Lit) 
Broadcaster and author. [2014]

Dr Linda BUCK (DSc(Med)) 
Nobel Laureate (Physiology or Medicine, 2004); HHMI Investigator, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center. [2015]

Dame Jocelyn BURNELL (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 Raj CHETTY (DSc (Econ)) 
William A. Ackman Professor of Public Economics, Harvard University, USA. [2021]

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

Dr G. Marius CLORE BSc MB.BS PhD FRS (DSc) 
NIH Distinguished Investigator, National Institutes of Health, USA. [2021]

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

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

Professor David CRYSTAL OBE FBA (DLit) 
Writer, editor, lecturer and broadcaster; Honorary Professor of Linguistics, University of Bangor. [2021]

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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 Norman DAVIES (D Lit) 
British-Polish historian; Emeritus Professor, SSEES. [2015]

Professor Dame Sally DAVIES (DSc (Med))
Chief Medical Officer. [2016]

Professor Wendy DAVIES OBE (D Lit) 
Emerita Professor of History, UCL. [2014]

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

Professor Dave DELPY (DSc (Eng)) 
Bioengineer; Chairman, Defence Scientific Advisory Council; Chief Executive, EPSRC 2007-14. [2014]

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

Professor Dame Athene DONALD (DSc) 
Professor of Experimental Physics, University of Cambridge. [2014]

Lord DYSON (LL D) 
Master of the Rolls and Head of Civil Justice. [2013]

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Mr Ibrahim EL-SALAHI (D Lit) 
Artist. [2015]

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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Dr Denis GILLINGS (DSc) 
World Dementia Envoy; Board member, UCLPartners. [2015]

Professor Jean GOLDING (DSc) 
Emeritus Professor of Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology. [2017]

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]

Professor Jose-Maria GRIFFITHS (DSc)
President, Dakota State University. [2016]

Sir Nicholas GRIMSHAW 
Architect. [2011]

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

Professor James Gita HAKIM (DSc (Med))
Professor of Medicine, University of Zimbabwe. [2016]

The Rt Hon the Baroness HALE of Richmond DBE FBA (LLD) 
President of the UK Supreme Court (2017-20); Deputy President of the UK Supreme Court (2013-17); Justice of the UK Supreme Court (2009-13); Member, House of Lords. [2021]

Professor Dame Wendy HALL (DSc (Eng)) 
Professor of Computer Science, University of Southampton. [2014]

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]

Professor Bill HILLIER (DSc)
Professor of Architectural and Urban Morphology, University of London; formerly Director, Space Syntax Laboratory, UCL. [2021 - posth. award]

Professor Victor HOFFBRAND (DSc (Med))
Emeritus Professor of Haematology at UCL. [2019]

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

Mr Richard HORTON FRCP FRCPCH FMedSci (DSc) 
Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet. [2021]

Dr Lori HOULIHAN (D Lit)
Former Vice-Provost (Advancement), UCL. [2020]

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]

Mr Paul JOHNSON (DSc (Econ))
Director, Institute for Fiscal Studies, since 2011. [2018]

Dame DeAnne JULIUS DCMG CBE (DSc (Econ)) 
Economist and Founder Member of the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of England; Distinguished Fellow, Chatham House; Chair of UCL Council (2014-19). [2021]

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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]

Professor Sing Kong LEE (DLit)
Educationalist; Provost of Nanyang Technological University. [2016] 

Professor Geoffrey LEECH (DLit)
Emeritus Professor of Linguistics and Modern English Language, Lancaster University. [2015 - posth. award

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 Bill MANHIRE (DLit) 
Emeritus Professor of English and Creative Writing, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. [2021]

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]   

Mr Christopher NOLAN (DLit)
Director. [2017]   

Mr Cees NOOTEBOOM (DLit)
Dutch novelist, poet and journalist. [2019]   

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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Professor Ann OAKLEY (DLit)
Founding Director, Social Science Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education. [2018]

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]

Justice Catherine O'REGAN (LLD)
Director, Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, University of Oxford. [2017]

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Ms Vivienne PARRY OBE (DSc) 
Science writer and broadcaster. [2021]

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]

Professor Robert PUTNAM (DLit)
US political scientist and Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. [2019]

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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]

Dr Sigrid RAUSING (DLit) 
Editor Granta Magazine; Publisher Granta Books; Chair and Founder, The Sigrid Rausing Trust. [2021]

Professor Lesley REGAN (DSc(Med)) 
Honorary Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College. [2015]

Professor Judith RESNICK (LLD)
Arthur Liman Professor of Law, Yale Law School. [2018]

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

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

Mr Stephen RUBIN OBE (DSc) 
Businessman; Chairman, Pentland Group plc. [2014]

Professor Michael RUSE (DSc) 
Lucyle T Werkmeister Professor of Philosophy, Florida State University. [2014]

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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]

Baroness Patricia SCOTLAND (LLD)
Baroness Scotland of Asthal PC QC. [2019]

Dr Hayaatun SILLEM CBE (DSc (Eng)) 
CEO, Royal Academy of Engineering. [2021]

Sir John SKEHEL (DSc)
Virologist. [2004]

Professor Margaret SNOWLING (DSc) 
Psychologist; President, St John's College, Oxford. [2014]

Mr Brian SOMMERLAD (DSc (Med)) 
Surgeon, Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children. [2017]

President Dean SPIELMANN (LL D)
President of the European Court of Human Rights. [2016]

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 Marc TESSIER-LAVIGNE (DSc) 
Neuroscientist; President, Rockefeller University. [2014]

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]

Sir Stephen WALL (D Lit) 
Former British Diplomat and Chair of UCL Council 2008-14. [2015]

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]

Ms Sharon WITHERSPOON (D Lit) 
Director of the Nuffield Foundation. [2015]

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

Professor Alison WOLF (D Lit (Ed)) 
Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King's College London. [2017]

Professor Michael WORTON (D Lit) 
Formerly Vice-Provost (International), UCL; Emeritus Fielden Professor of French Language and Literature, UCL. [2014]

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

Judge Abdulqawi YUSUF (LL D) 
Judge, International Court of Justice. [2015]

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