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Honorary Degrees

Updated on 28 June 2022

The University has conferred the following Honorary Degrees at Academic Ceremonies on the dates shown.

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Doctor of Laws

24 June 2022

Dr Tim Wells
Dr Margo Whiteford CBE

23 June 2022

Professor Andrew Hopkins

22 June 2022

Professor Jo Frencken

15 November 2019

Lesley Knox OBE

14 November 2019

Gary Clark

21 June 2019

Dr Samantha Budd Haeberlein
Dr Parag Sancheti
Professor Ronald Harden

20 June 2019

Hayley Scanlan
Dr Francis Smith

19 June 2019

Dr Justice Tettey
Professor Alastair MacLennan

16 November 2018

Christina Lamb

15 November 2018

Professor Bob Michell
Dr James Robson

22 June 2018

Dr Michel Goedert
Gary Lightbody
Dr Saleyha Ahsan

21 June 2018

Kengo Kuma
Anuja Dhir
Dr Sun Xiansheng

20 June 2018

Martin Pistorius
Dr Zipporah Ali
Margaret Grant

17 November 2017

Helen Jones

16 November 2017

Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell
Dr Frederik Paulsen

23 June 2017

David Mackenzie
David Cunningham

22 June 2017

Dame Katherine Grainger
Judge Tim Eicke,QC
Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller

21 June 2017

Alan Alda
Fatou Bensouda
Susan Philipsz

18 November 2016

Dr Niall Elliott

17 November 2016

Pamela Butchart
Joyce Cullen

24 June 2016

Professor Harindra Fernando
Dr Hilal Al-Sayer

23 June 2016

Sir William Castell
Sir William Patey

22 June 2016

Dr Charles Jencks
Amanda Kopel

20 November 2015

Cathy Warwick CBE
Mary McCluskey

26 June 2015

William David Forsyth
Dr Jung Chang
Professor Neil Robertson MacKenzie Buist

25 June 2015

Justin Fletcher
Roddy Doyle
Professor Frank Grosveld
Stuart MacBride

24 June 2015

Brian Taylor
Seamus McGarvey
David Chester Gibbons

20 November 2014

Ann Gloag
Professor Nicholas Hastie

20 June 2014

Professor WN Herbert
Professor Chris Marshall

19 June 2014

Christiaan van der Kuyl
Professor Sir David Baulcombe
Danny Wallace

18 June 2014

Professor David Sigsworth
Professor Ronald Laskey

20 June 2013

Val McDermid

Wed 19 June 2013

Deyan Sudjic
Mary Schwartz

14 November 2012

Sir Nicholas Wright
Jamie Byng

21 June 2012

Dr Bernard Pecoul
Professor Anne Marie Rafferty
Professor Iain Mattaj
Dr Malcolm Skingle
Professor Stephen O’Rahilly
Professor Peter Boyle
Professor Peter Howie

20 June 2012

Murray McLachlan
Mark Beaumont
Justice Albie Sachs

19 June 2012

Sir Mark Jones

2 February 2012

Dr Andom Ogbamariam

16 November 2011

Professor Sir John Bell

24 June 2011

Dr Kazem Behbehani
Professor Douglas Hanahan
Professor Sir David Lane

23 June 2011

Professor James Murray
John Byrne

22 June 2011

Dr Nicholas Lydon
Dr Martin Mackay
Jim McLean

16 November 2010

John Milligan CBE

25 June 2010

Nick Cave
Sir Alan Langlands

24 June 2010

Gosta Walin

23 June 2010

Bahia Hariri
Bruce Johnston

22 June 2010

Roberto Lenton
Rosamunde Pilcher OBE

26 June 2009

Wendy Houvenaghel
Sir Paul Nurse
Sir David Weatherall

25 June 2009

Professor Matthias Mann
Professor Frank Walsh

24 June 2009

Richard Holloway

8 July 2008

Professor Alastair Wood
Professor Margaret Wood

20 June 2008

Professor Edmund Fischer
Lord Foster or Thames Bank
Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys
Lorraine Kelly
Dr Walter C Willett

19 June 2008

William Boyd
Alan Johnston
Dame Vivienne Westwood

18 June 2008

Nicola Benedetti
Lord Turnbull QC

10 July 2007

Professor Sir Alfred Cuschieri

22 June 2007

Sir Tom Blundell
Piet Borst
Joyce Thompson
Jacqueline Wilson

21 June 2007

Carol Ann Duffy
Georges Henry Erasmus
Thomas Heatherwick
Philip Pullman
Gerald Scarfe
Ettore Sottsass

20 June 2007

Margaret Catley-Carlson

9 February 2007

Baroness Lynda Clark of Calton
Professor Sir Philip Cohen
John Letford
Bishop Vincent Logan
Michael Marra
Elizabeth McColgan
Russell Reid
Norman Robertson

11 July 2006

Catherine Hamlin
Sybill Storz
Andrew Thomson

23 June 2006

Sydney Brenner
Christopher Lipinski
Sheena Wellington

22 June 2006

Zhores Alferov
Suzanne Lacasse
Jimmy Murakami
Iain Ovens

31 May 2006

Baroness Caroline Cox
Anna Glasier

12 July 2005

Sir Alasdair Muir Breckenridge
Sir John Edward Sulston

24 June 2005

Noerine Kaleeba
Frederick MacAulay

23 June 2005

Edward de Bono
Professor Julian C R Hunt

11 May 2005

Baroness Susan Greenfield

2 July 2004

Hamish MacInnes
Andrew Marr
Lord Naren Patel
Jane Emily Tomlinson

1 July 2004

Gavin Brown
Colin Malcolm Campbell
Alison Jane Patricia Goligher
Lawrence A L Rolland

30 June 2004

Catherine Lockerbie
Duncan Macmillan

26 September 2003

Frank Owen Gehry

11 July 2003

Seamus Justin Heaney
John Bell Tuckwell
Valerie Jennifer Tuckwell
Vanessa Vivienne Lawrence
Sir Thomas Fulton Wilson McKillop

10 July 2003

Peter Baillie
Michael S Gordon

8 July 2003

Stella McCartney

5 February 2003

John Simpson

12 July 2002

Sir Bob Geldof
Dr Timothy Hunt
Professor Donald McIntyre
Professor Wilson Sibbett
Sheridan Snyder
Lady Strathmore

11 July 2002

Professor Margaret Alexander
Dr Bonnie Dunbar
Herbie Haxton
David Mach
Robert Seaton, MA, LLB

13 July 2001

Sir Robert Wilson
Xu Ya-Fen

12 July 2001

Sydney Scroggie
Ian Graham-Bryce, CBE, MA, BSc, DPhil, CChem, FRSC, FRSA, FRSE
Professor Salvador Moncada

14 July 2000

Helen Bamber
Liz Locchead

13 July 2000

Leslie Bisset
Lord Cullen
Sir Kenneth Murray
Lord George Robertson, MA (Dundee)
John Suchet, MA (St Andrews)

9 July 1999

Sir William Macpherson of Cluny
Sir Jonathon Porritt
Mrs Carole J Wood

8 July 1999

Professor Sir Hans Kornberg
Elaine C Smith
Professor David E Sugden

10 July 1998

Professor Sir David P Tweedie
Annie Jarvie
Russell A Leather

9 July 1998

James W Duncan
Ronald Stevenson, PhD, FRMCM, HonFRIAS
Euan Baird
Sir Edmund John Phillip Browne

1 May 1998

Emeritus Principal Adam Matthew Neville, CBE, MC, TD, PhD, DSc, FEng, FIStructE, FAmSocCE, FRSE
Dame Bridget Ogilvie, SCD, FIBiol. FRCPath
Max Ferdinand Perutz, OM, CH, FRS
George Henry Poste, FRS, DSc, HonLLD
Bruce Rappaport
Ruth Rappaport
Emeritus Professor Geoffrey John Fraser Dutton, BSc, PhD, DSc, HonDPhilD, Dde l'Univ, FRSE

12 July 1999

Gary Player

11 July 1997

Susan K MacGregor, OBE
John R Postage, FRS
David G Robertson, CBE, MA, MEd

10 July 1997

Sir David Carter, MBChB, MD
David S Wilson, DipM

12 July 1996

Michael John Hamlin, CBE, BSc, HonLLD, FEng, FICE, FIWEM, FRSE
Ronald Bonar
Richard Demarco, OBE, RSW, SSA

11 July 1996

Michael Rosen, CBE, MBChB, FRCA, FRCOG, FRCS
Datuk Kamal Salih, BA, MA, PhD
Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, OBE, GRSM(Hons), LRAM, ARAM, HonDMus

14 July 1995

Ibrahim Shihata, SJD
Albert Watson, DA, MA
Stephen Fry, MA

13 July 1995

Alan William Cuthbert, BPharm, BSc, MA, PhD, FRS, HonDSc
Peter Doyle, BSc, PhD, FRSE, HonDSc
Sir William Duncan Paterson Stewart, BSc, PhD, DSc, FIBiol, FRS, FRSE

15 July 1994

James Stuart Fair, MA, LLB
The Most Revd Trevor Huddleston, CR

14 July 1994

Lady Duncan of Jordanstone
Jean Muir, CBE, RDI, FCSD
The Lord Rix, CBE, DL

16 July 1993

Sir Walter Bodmer, FRS, FRCPath, CBiol, FIBiol
Sir Gordon Borrie, QC
Brian Cox
Professor Peter Hewlett, BSc, PhD, CChem, FRSC, FInstCeram, FICT, APRI
William Low, CBE, JP, CBIM
Professor Sir David Mason, CBE, BDS, FRCS, FDSRCPSG, FDSRCSE, FRCPath
Jean Morris, CBE, MA, MEd
Imre Makovecz

10 July 1992

Donald Eric Broadbent, CBE, MA, ScD, FRS, FBPsS
Roger Geoffrey Gibbs
Sir Douglas Hardie, CBE, FRSA
Rosalyn Higgins, BA, LLB, JSD, QC
Sir Robert Kilpatrick, CBE, MB, ChB, MD, FRCPE, FRCP
Ronald H Coase, BSc(Econ)

29 April 1992

Robert Campbell Garry, OBE, MB, ChB, DSc, FRCPG, FRSE
Barbara Hendricks, BSc, BMus
Jean-Pierre Changeux, DR, ES SC

12 July 1991

James Adamson, OBE, DEng
The Rt Hon Jack Ashley, CH, PC, MP
Baroness Carnegy of Lour, DL
Stuart Hood, MA, MBE
David Jack, BSe, PhD, DSc, FRSC, FlBiol, FRSPharm, FRSE
The Rt Hon Lord Ross, QC, PC

13 July 1990

Earl of Airlie, KT, GCVO, PC
Peter Bryan Garland, MA, MB, BChir, PhD, FRSE
Rev William Boyd Robertson MacMillan, MA, BD
Sir Alan Turner Peacock, MA, DSc, FBA
The Rt Hon. Lord Scarman, KT, PC, OBE
Elizabeth Ward, MBE

14 July 1989

William Fyffe Morrison Dorward, MB, ChB, FRCGP
Donald Blane Grant, CA, TD
The Rt Hon Lord McCluskey of Churchhill, QC
Bruce Millan, CA
Sir Laurens van der Post, CBE, FRSL, Hon DLitt DUniv

15 July 1988

Robert Baynes Horton, BSc, SM
Hans W Kosterlitz, MD, PhD, DSc, FRCPE, FRS, FRSE
Sir Malcolm Campbell MacNaughton, MD, FRCPG, FRCOG, FRSE
David Morrison Walker, DA, CertEd, Hon FRIAS

10 July 1987

Douglas Eaglesham Dunn, BA, FRSL
Gene Howard Golub, MA, PhD
The Most Rev Lawrence Edward Luscombe, CA, ASAA, FSAScot
Ivar Andreas Mjor, BDS, MSD, DrOdont
Geoffrey Donald Sims, OBE, MSc, PhD, FEng, FIEE, FIERE, FCGI
Olgierd Cecil Zienkiewicz, PhD, DIC, DSc(Eng), DipEng, FICE, FASCE, FCGI, FRS, FEng

11 July 1986

Sir Andrew Patrick McEwen Forrest, MD, FRCS, FRCSE, FRCSG, Hon DSc, Hon FACS
Norman Alexander MacCaig, OBE, MA, FRSL, Hon DUniv
James Paton McPherson
Brigadier Helen Guild Meechie, CBE, MA
Robert Gordon Wilson, BL, MP

12 July 1985

Sir Kenneth John Wilson Alexander, BSc(Econ), Hon LLD, Hon DUniv, FRSE
Sir Herbert Vernon Bonar, CBE, BA, Hon LLD
The Rt Hon Lord Flowers, CBE, MA, MSc, DSc, Hon DSc, FlnstP, Hon FIEE, Hon FCGI, FRS
Lady Naomi Margaret Mitchison, CBE, QC, Hon LLD, Hon DUniv
Sir Alan Marshall Muir Wood, MA, FICE, FRS
John James Andrew Reid, CB, TD, BSc, MD, Hon DSc, FRCP, FRCPE, DPH,FFCM, FRCPS

13 July 1984

Sir Andrew Fielding Huxley, OM, MA, PRS
Jessie Kesson
Sir Fitzroy Hew MacLean of Dunconnel, Bt, CBE
Virindar Mohan Malhotra, PEng, BSc, BE
Lech Walesa

15 July 1983

Hew Martin Lorimer, RSA, FRBS
Lord Mackay of Clashfern, PC, QC, BA, MA, LLB
George Ross Mathewson, BSc, PhD, MBA
John Angus Macbeth Mitchell, CB, CVO, MC, BA
William Nicoll, CMG, MA
lain Crichton Smith, OBE, MA, FRSL

16 July 1982

John Harrison Burnett, MA, DPhil, FRSE, FlBiol
David Carnegy-Arbuthnott, CA, DL
Laszlo Gombos, Dr rer jur, Barrister
Dame Margaret Kidd, QC
Joan Macintosh, CBE, MA

5 May 1982

Professor Christopher Charles Booth, MD, FRCP, FRCPE, HonFACP, Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Merite
Charles Dargie Brown, BSc, FFE
Geoffrey Kemp Caston, MA, MPA
Professor Walter Joseph Kamba, BA, LLB, LLM
Professor Malcolm Sim Longair, BSc, MA, PhD
Lord Mackie of Benshie, CBE, DSO, DFC
Dame Kiri Ti Kanawa, OBE

10 July 1981

Professor John Russell Anderson, BSc, MD, MRCP, FRCPG, FRCPath, FRSE
Sir Neil Cameron, GCB, CBE, DSO, DFC, AE
William Knight Fitzgerald, CBE, JP, DL
Emeritus Professor Hubert Horace Lamb, MA, FRMetS, FRGS
Dorothea, Countess of Mansfield and Mansefield
The Very Rev Principal James Aitken Whyte, MA

11 July 1980

James Whyte Black, MB, ChB, Hon DSc, Hon DTech, FRS, FRCP
The Rt Hon The Lord Boyle of Handsworth, PC, MA, Hon LLD, Hon DLitt, Hon DSc, Hon FRCS
Mark James Walter Cameron, Hon DLitt
Edward Edmund Kemp, MBE, VMH, DPH
Albert Morrocco, RSA

13 July 1979

Emeritus Principal James Drever, MA, FRSE
Hamish Scott Henderson, MA
Andrew Short, MSc
Sir Leonard Gordon Wolfson, Hon FRCP, Hon PhD, Hon DCL, Hon LLD, Hon DSc

14 July 1978

The Hon Mark Raymond Bonham Carter, MA
Professor Donald Johan Kuenen, PhD, DSc
David Fleming McCurrach, OBE, BL
Professor Patrick Dunbar Ritchie, BSc, PhD, FRIC, FPI, MlChemE, FRSE

15 July 1977

George Mackay Brown, OBE, MA
John Belford Wilson Christie, BA, LLB
The Rt Hon The Earl of Elgin, DL, JP, MA
Sir Basil Henry David Montgomery, Bt, DL, JP
Mrs Sybil Douglas Murray, MBE, BA, Hon FEIS
Sir Rex Edwards Richards, MA, DSc, FRS
The Very Rev David Steel, MA, BD, Hon DD

9 July 1976

Sir William Melville Arnott, TD, BSc, MD, Hon DSc, Hon LLD, FRCP, FRCPE, FRCPath, FRSE, Hon FRCPC, Hon FACP
Sir Charles Gibson Connell, BL, WS, JP
Robert Kemsley Orr, CBE, MA, MusD, FRCM, Hon RAM
Lewis Guy Melville Thorpe, BA, LesL, PhD, D de l'U, FRHistS, FIAL, FRSA

18 July 1975

Sir William Hardie Kininmonth, PRSA, FRIBA, FRIAS, RA, RSW
Douglas Moul Mclntosh, CBE, MA, BSc, PhD, FRSE, FEIS
Sir Walter Laing Macdonald Perry, OBE, MD, DSc, FRCPE, FRSE

12 July 1974

The Hon James Alexander Charles Auld
Professor Lothar Gollatz
Professor Gordon Elliot Fogg, PhD, ScD, FRS, CBE
Sir Dingle Macintosh Foot, PC, QC, MA
Colonel Charles Newbigging Thomson, CBE, DSO, TD, DL, CA
George Waterston, OBE, FRSE

12 July 1973

Brigadier The Rt Hon Lord Ballantrae, GCMG, GCVO. DSO, OBE, DCL, LLD
The Rt Hon Lord Guest, PC, QC, MA, LLB
The Rt Hon Roy Harris Jenkins, PC, MP, BA, DCL
James Mclntosh Patrick, RSA

14 July 1972

Professor William Fisher Cassie, CBE, BSc, PhD, FRSE, FICE, MlStructE, FlnstHE, AMTPI
Sorley Maclean
Sir Robert Heatlie Scott, GCMG, CBE
Sir George Taylor, DSc, FRS, FRSE, FLS

12 July 1971

Professor Lars Goran Borg
The Very Rev Hugh Osborne Douglas, CBE, MA, DD
Lewis Findlay Robertson, CBE
John Kenneth Sinclair St Joseph, MA, PhD
Eliot Trevor Oakeshott Slater, CBE, MA, MD

6 July 1970

Professor Gerald Jean Antoine, DesL
John Berry, CBE, PhD
Angus Anderson Fulton, CBE, BSc, FICE, FIME, FIEE, FRSE
The Very Rev Alastair lan Macdonald Haggart, MA
James Roy Lindsay Halley, OBE
Emeritus Professor Sir lan George Wilson Hill, CBE, TD, MB, ChB, FRCP, FRCPE, FRSE

1 July 1969

Cedric Thorpe Davie, OBE, FRAM, ARCM
Miss Ursula Katherine Duncan, MA, FLS
Robert Brockie Hunter, MBE, MB, ChB, FRCP, FRCPE, FACP
Councillor Maurice McManus, CBE, JP, DL
Jiri Mucha
Peter Ustinov, FRSA

21 August 1968

The Rt Hon Lord Jackson of Burnley, FRS
Professor Dame Kathleen Lonsdale, DBE, FRS
Sir Peter Brian Medawar, CBE, FRS

2 July 1968

Mrs Agnes Watson Dow, MA, MB, ChB
The Rt Hon Lord Fulton of Falmer, MA, LLD, DLitt
Professor William James Millar Mackenzie, CBE, MA, LLB
Sir William Stuart Murrie, GCB, KBE, MA

19 October 1967

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Nelson Thomas Carne, OBE, JP
The Rt Hon The Earl of Dalhousie, KT, GBE. MC, LLD
Sir Malcolm Knox, MA, LLD, DLitt, FRSE
Ronald Buchanan McCallum, MA
Brigadier James Alexander Oliver, CB, CBE, DSO, TD, DL
The Rt Hon George Morgan Thomsoll, PC, MP
Major-General Douglas Neil Wimberley, CB, DSO, MC, DL, LLD

Doctor of Science

22 June 2018

Lord Naren Patel

12 July 2005

Sir James Whyte Black

Master of Arts

15 July 1994

Jenny Wood Allen, JP

12 July 1985

Jimmy Shand, MBE

9 July 1976

Harry Russell Halkerston Woolford, OBE, FMA, FIIC

Master of Medical Science

14 July 1978

Judy Peden Greig, MA

18 July 1975

Douglas Swan Fraser

Master of Science

13 July 1979

Colin Hutcheon Gibson, DA

12 July 1971

George Hendry, BEM

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