Honorary degree for Professor Eric Hamp
On 28 November 2012 the University of Edinburgh bestowed the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters on Eric Hamp, Robert Maynard Hutchins Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, in recognition of his outstanding contribution to linguistics in general and to Celtic linguistics and Celtic studies in particular.
In addition to his pioneering research on Scottish Gaelic, including his work on the Linguistic Survey of Scotland (1956-58 and 1984 onwards), Professor Hamp is a preeminent expert on Indo-European linguistics as a whole and has conducted extensive fieldwork on Albanian, Baltic, Slavic and Native American languages.
The degree was awarded by the Principal at a special evening ceremony at Old College and presented by Professor John Joseph, Head of Linguistics and English Language. In attendance on behalf of Celtic & Scottish Studies were Professor William Gillies, Dr Wilson McLeod, Dr Willam Lamb and Peadar Ó Muircheartaigh.