Honorary graduates 2016/17

Those awarded honorary degrees between 1 August 2016 and 31 July 2017.

Professor Dr Elena Vladimirovna Boldyreva

Professor Dr Elena Vladimirovna Boldyreva

Head of Chair of Solid State Chemistry, Novosibirsk State University, Russia

Doctor of Science

Mr Donald Hood Brydon CBE

Donald Hood Brydon Annual Review 2016-17

Chairman, Medical Research Council, London Stock Exchange and Sage Plc

Doctor honoris causa

Professor Kurt Roger Deketelaere

Kurt Deketelaere Annual Review 2016-17 100x100

Secretary-General of the League of European Research Universities

Doctor of Laws

Professor Dianne Edwards

Dianne Edwards Annual Review 2016-17

Research Professor and Director of Innovation and Engagement, Cardiff University

Doctor of Science

Professor Wolfgang Hermann Wernher Ernst

Wolfgang Ernst Annual Review 2016-17 100x100

Regius Professor of Civil Law, University of Oxford

Doctor of Laws

Reverend Margaret R Forrester

Margaret Forrester Annual Review 2016-17

Former Minister of St Michael’s Church of Scotland, Edinburgh

Doctor of Divinity

Ms Caroline Natalie Freedman

Caroline Freedman Annual Review 2016-17

University of Edinburgh appointed member on RCVS Council and active supporter and ambassador of the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies

Honorary Fellow

Professor Yvonne Galligan

Yvonne Galligan Annual Review 2016-17

Professor of Comparative Politics, and founding Director, Centre for Advancement of Women in Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Dr Luke Robert Gamble

Luke Gamble Annual Review 2016-17

Founder and Chief Executive of Worldwide Veterinary Service and Mission Rabies

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Surgery

Dr Alasdair Robert Harris

Alasdair Harris Annual Review 2016-17

Executive Director of Blue Ventures

Doctor of Science

Professor Andrew Harrison

Andrew Harrison Annual Review 2016-17

Chief Executive Officer, Diamond Light Source Ltd, Honorary Professor, School of Chemistry, the University of Edinburgh

Doctor of Science

Professor Brigid Laffan

Brigid Laffan Annual Review 2016-17

Director of the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies and Director of the Global Governance Programme, European University Institute, Florence

Doctor of Laws

Professor Bruno Latour

Bruno Latour Annual Review 2016-17

Professor of Sociology, Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (Sciences Po)

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Ms Lilian Keddie Lawson OBE

Lilian Lawson Annual Review 2016-17

Retired Director of Scottish Council on Deafness

Doctor honoris causa

Mr Magnus Duncan Linklater CBE

Magnus Linklater Annual Review 2016-17

Former Editor of The Scotsman, broadcaster and author

Doctor honoris causa

Mr Joshua Howard Littlejohn

Joshua Littlejohn Annual Review 2016-17

Co-founder of Social Bite and social entrepreneur

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Mr Robert Paul Madelin

Robert Madelin Annual Review 2016-17

Former Director-General, Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission

Doctor honoris causa

Dr Michael Hugh Mosley

Michael Mosley Annual Review 2016-17

Science journalist, presenter and executive producer

Doctor of Science

Mr Tom Nairn

Tom Nairn Annual Review 2016-17

Author and academic

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Professor Helga Nowotny

Helga Nowotny Annual Review 2016-17

Professor Emerita of Social Studies of Science, ETH Zurich, former President European Research Council

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Mr Tony Oursler

Tony Oursler Annual Review 2016-17

Film and Video Artist

Master of Arts, honoris causa

Professor Sir Roger Penrose

Roger Penrose Annual Review 2016-17

Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford

Doctor of Science

Professor William Reid

William Reid Annual Review 2016-17

Dean of Postgraduate Medicine, Scotland Deanery (South East Region)

Doctor honoris causa

Dr Denis Rutovitz

Denis Rutovitz Annual Review 2016-17

Retired section head, MRC Human Genetics Unit, now Chairman (and founder) of Edinburgh Direct Aid

Doctor of Science

Professor Randy W Schekman

Randy Schekman Annual Review 2016-17

Professor of Cell and Development Biology, University of California, Berkeley

Doctor of Science

Mr Andrew James Scott

Andrew Scott Annual Review 2016-17

Artist and sculptural practitioner specialising in public art

Doctor honoris causa

Mr Oliver William Stone

Oliver Stone Annual Review 2016-17


Doctor honoris causa

Mr Charles Basil Tilley OBE

Charles Tilley Annual Review 2016-17

Former Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants

Doctor honoris causa

Mr Justin Pierre James Trudeau

Justin Trudeau Annual Review 2016-17

Prime Minister of Canada

Doctor honoris causa

Professor Andrew Whiten

Andrew whiten Annual Review 2016-17

Professor of Evolutionary and Developmental Psychology and Wardlaw Professor of Psychology, University of St Andrews

Doctor honoris causa


This award recognises as University benefactors individuals or organisations that have made significant contributions, financial or otherwise, to the University.

Mr Brian Robertson and Mr Alastair Maclean

Brian Robertson and Alastair Maclean Robert O Curle Trustees

Robert O Curle Charitable Trust

Named after a former staff member, the trust supports medical and veterinary research at the University.