University of Leicester Announces Honorary Degrees for Distinguished Personalities
The Lord Lieutenant of
Leicestershire, a Leicester-born international movie director and a popular
local children's author are among a host of celebrated people who are to be
honoured by the University of Leicester
will be awarded honorary degrees on the occasion of the University of
Leicester’s 80th anniversary degree ceremonies between July 10–12.
renowned sculptress who has given a famous sculpture to Leicester, an
international conservationist who studied at the University and a classical
violinist are also among the recipients of the degrees in front of thousands of
students and their families.
Professor Robert Burgess said: “We are delighted to honour a group of people
whose achievements have contributed so much to many aspects of public life. They
have all contributed so much to their respective areas of expertise and in many
cases have established close links with the University, the City and County.
They are also excellent role models for our students.”
of the University of Leicester 2002 honorary degrees are as follows:
Professor Peter Atkins, Doctor of Science (DSc)
Professor of Chemistry, University of Oxford. For his contributions to chemistry. Professor Atkins was an undergraduate and postgraduate student at the University of Leicester. He has written college textbooks as well as books on science (particularly chemistry) for general audiences, such as Molecules; The Second Law; Atoms, Electrons, and Change; The Periodic Kingdom.
Maurice Beresford, FBA Doctor of
Professor of Economic History, University of Leeds.
For his contribution to the study of local history. Professor
Beresford’s research has transformed the world of medieval archaeology and
stimulated the study of landscape history.
Helaine Blumenfeld, Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
For her contribution to the visual arts. Dr Blumenfeld has exhibited
widely in the United Kingdom, Italy and the USA as well as having major public
sculptures installed in the USA and France.
In 1990 she donated her sculpture, ‘Souls’, to the University of
Leicester and recently contributed to an exhibition at the Richard Attenborough
Centre at the University of Leicester.
Left: Dr Helaine Blumenfeld, with her sculpture, Souls, which is situated on the lawn in front of the University's Fielding Johnson Building
Lynne Brindley, Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
Executive, British Library.
For her contribution to the national and international development of
library and information services. She lives in the local area. She is a former
Pro-Vice Chancellor of the University of Leeds and a member of the Library &
Information Commission since 1998.
Tim Brooks, Doctor of Laws (LLD)
Lieutenant of Leicestershire. For his contribution to public life in
Leicestershire over several decades. Mr Brooks, a JP, has been Lord Lieutenant
of Leicestershire since 1989 and is a former High Sheriff of the county.
Chris d’Lacey, Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
children’s author. He is a technician in the University’s Department of
For his contribution to children’s literature. Chris d’Lacey is a
prominent children’s writer who has published thirteen books in the last six
first novel Fly, Cherokee, Fly was highly commended for the Literary
Association Carnegie Medal.
He engages in an active programme of visits to schools, encouraging young
people to write creatively.
Stephen Frears, Doctor of Letters (DLitt)
director, (films include My Beautiful Launderette and Dangerous
his contribution to film making. He was born in Leicester and is internationally
renowned for his movies.
Dame Julia Higgins FRS CBE, Doctor of Science
of Polymer Science, Imperial College, London.
For her contribution to science and the promotion of programmes for women
in science. Dame Julia is a
Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. As
Chairman of the Athena project, a UK-wide initiative that aims to advance women
in science, engineering and technology in higher education, she is seen as a
role model for younger women considering a career in science.
David King FRS, Doctor of Science (DSc)
Scientific Advisor to the UK Government and Head of the Office of Science and
Technology. For his contribution to science. Professor King is a Fellow of the
Royal Society and has been Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of
Cambridge since 1988.
Tasmin Little, Doctor of Music (DMus)
of the world’s most accomplished classical violinists.
For her contribution to music.
Ms Little was educated at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Guildhall School
of Music and has performed as a soloist around the world.
Hazel Thornton, Doctor of Science (DSc)
Chairman, Consumers’ Advisory Group for Clinical Trials.
For her contribution to medicine and patient care.
David Western, Doctor of Science (DSc)
of the African Conservation Centre, Nairobi and former Head of the Kenya
Wildlife Service. For his contribution to wildlife conservation. He was an undergraduate
student of the University of Leicester
and is considered to be one of the top conservation ecologists in the
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