Leading scientist and composer among those to be honoured by University

A leading British scientist and world renowned composer will be among the eminent figures from the fields of business, science, music and journalism, to be honoured by the University of Aberdeen this week.

Distinguished medical scientist and doctor, Lord Robert Winston, best known for his pioneering work and research in the field of fertility, and Ayrshire-born James MacMillan CBE, one of today’s most successful living composers and conductors, will receive honorary degrees at the institution’s summer graduation ceremonies.

Local businessmen Douglas Craig OBE, Chairman and Managing Director of the global shipping and energy service company Craig Group, and Andrew Lewis, Chairman and Managing Director of the Goldcrest Company and founder and former chairman of Northsound Radio, will also be honoured.

Former University of Aberdeen academic Professor John Hughes FRS who, together with colleague Dr Hans Kosterlitz, won an international race to identify naturally occurring endorphins which affect both how we feel pleasure and help fight pain, will also have an honorary degree bestowed upon him.

Two leading lights from the world of media, award-winning financial journalist, author and broadcaster, Anthony Hilton and journalist, historian and Editor of Public Archaeology, Neal Ascherson, will also be honoured.

Also receiving honorary degrees are: Nobel Laureate and a director at the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry in Göttingen, Erwin Neher; Professor of Zoology and Principal of  Jesus College, University of Oxford and the first chairman of the British Food Standards Agency, Lord John Krebs; Vice-Provost of Health at the University College London, Sir John Tooke; Professor of Psychology at Harvard University, Daniel Wegner, and Michael Shattock OBE, one of Europe’s leading practitioners and scholars in the higher education sector.

The summer graduation ceremonies, which will take place at Elphinstone Hall on the institution’s King’s College Campus, are the first to be conducted by the new Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Ian Diamond.

Professor Diamond said: “The University of Aberdeen graduation ceremonies are a time to celebrate the achievements of our graduands, and I’m very much looking forward to being part of them for the first time.

“We are also proud to honour and welcome our honorary graduands into the University family.

“These exceptional individuals have attained distinction and acclaim in their respective fields and provide a strong example for our graduands of the success which can be achieved through dedication and passion.”

The University of Aberdeen summer graduation ceremonies take place from Monday July 5 – Friday July 9 at Elphinstone Hall.