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Honorary graduates 2017/18

Those awarded honorary degrees between 1 August 2017 and 31 July 2018.

Professor Ronald Eaton Asher

 Professor Ronald Eaton Asher

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Edinburgh

Doctor of Letters

Mr Brian James Ashley

Brian James Ashley

Former Director of School of Community Studies at Moray House

Doctor honoris causa

Ms Rachel Ann Margaret Barrie

Rachel Ann Margaret Barrie

Whisky Maker at BenRiach and Glendronach Distillery Co Ltd

Doctor of Science

Professor Sheila Macdonald Bird, OBE

 Professor Sheila Macdonald Bird OBE

Former Programme Leader of the MRC Biostatistics Unit, Cambridge

Doctor of Science

Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Professor Jean-Pierre Bourguignon

Honorary Professor, IHES (l'Institut des hautes études scientifiques)

Doctor honoris causa

Professor Robin Antony Duff

 Professor Robin Antony Duff

Specialist in philosophy of criminal law

Doctor of Laws

The Honourable Dr Kirsty Duncan MP

The Honourable Dr Kirsty Ellen Duncan MP

Member of Parliament for Etobicoke North (Ontario), Canada

Doctor honoris causa

Dr Sylvia Alice Earle

Marine scientist, explorer, conservationist

Doctor of Science

Professor Emeritus John Eric Thomas Eldridge

Professor Emeritus John Eric Thomas Eldridge

Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Glasgow

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Professor Christine Mary Rutherford Fowler

Christine Mary Rutherford Fowler

Master of Darwin College, Cambridge

Doctor of Science

Professor Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith

Professor in Engineering, Stanford, pioneer in communications signal processing

Doctor of Science

Ms Mairi Crawford Hedderwick

Illustrator and author

Doctor honoris causa

Professor James Hough

Research Professor in Natural Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Doctor of Science

Professor Michael Grant Ignatieff

Michael Grant Ignatieff

President and Rector of Central European University, Budapest

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Dr Takahiro Iwasaki

Takahiro Iwasaki

Artist

Doctor honoris causa

Dr Hywel Ceri Jones

Hywel Ceri Jones

Founding father of the Erasmus student mobility programme

Doctor honoris causa

Dr Alan Curtis Kay

President of the Viewpoints Research Institute, USA

Doctor of Science

Mr Jonathan David Kinross

Jonathan David Kinross

CEO of the Grassmarket Community Project

Doctor honoris causa

Professor E F Konrad Koerner

Professor Emeritus of Linguistics, University of Ottawa

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Professor Joyce Lishman

Professor Joyce Lishman

Emeritus Professor in Social Work Education, Robert Gordon University

Doctor honoris causa

Professor Joni Christine Lovenduski

Professor Emeritus in Political Science, Birkbeck College, London

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Mr Angus Donald Mackintosh MacDonald, CBE

Retired chartered accountant

Doctor honoris causa

Ms Louise Livingstone Martin, CBE

Chair of sportscotland and newly appointed President of the Commonwealth Games Federation

Doctor honoris causa

Ms Frances Mary Morris

Director of Tate Modern

Doctor honoris causa

Dr Denis Mukwege

Surgeon and humanitiarian

Doctor of Medicine

Professor Joseph Jude Norton

Professor Joseph Jude Norton

Champion of the study of international financial regulation

Doctor of Laws

Professor Dame Linda Partridge

Professor Dame Linda Partridge

Research scientist in biology and genetics of ageing

Doctor of Science

Dr R Byron Pipes

Distinguished Professor of Engineering, Purdue University, USA

Doctor honoris causa

Professor Louise Mary Richardson

Vice-Chancellor, University of Oxford

Doctor honoris causa

Professor Emerita Joan Wallach Scott

Professor Emerita, Institute for Advanced Study, School of Social Science, Princeton

Doctor of Science in Social Science

Ms Eleanor Veronica Elizabeth Sharpston, QC

Advocate General at the European Court of Justice, Luxembourg

Doctor of Laws

Mr Alan Smith

One of the founders of the Erasmus Programme

Doctor honoris causa

Right Reverend Brian Arthur Smith

Right Reverend Brian Arthur Smith

Bishop of Edinburgh (2001-2011)

Doctor of Divinity

Dr Robin Thompson

Robin Thompson

Lawes Senior Fellow, Rothamsted Research (agricultural research centre)

Doctor honoris causa

Professor Alison Joan Tierney, CBE

 Alison Joan Tierney

Retired Professor of Nursing Research, University of Edinburgh

Doctor honoris causa

Dr William Ury

International negotiator and mediator

Doctor honoris causa

Professor Moshe Yaakov Vardi

 Moshe Yaakov Vardi

Distinguished Professor in Computational Engineering, Rice University, USA

Doctor of Science

Mr John McKenzie Verth

John McKenzie Verth

Retired Central Biosciences Services Operations Manager, University of Edinburgh

Honorary Fellowship

Ms Rosamund West

Rosamund Claire West

Editor-in-Chief of The Skinny Magazine, Radge Media

Doctor honoris causa

Dr Maurice Aiden Wren

Chief Executive Officer, Refugee Council UK

Doctor honoris causa

Madam Liu Yandong

Vice-Premier, People’s Republic of China

Doctor of Letters

Other distinctions

Alexandros Angelopoulos & Samuel Alexander Kellerhals

Medal Winner for Contribution to the Community Award (joint)

Principal’s Medal Winner

Professor Aziz Ul-Haque Sheikh

Medal Winner for Exceptional Service Award

Principal’s Medal Winner

Ms Sonia Wolsey-Cooper

Membership Director, AXA PPP Healthcare and Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, AXA UK and Ireland

University Benefactor