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King's honorary doctorates 2014

Posted on 13/11/2014

Former President of Portugal Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio (centre) with President & Principal Professor Edward Byrne AC and The Chairman of Council, the Marquess of Douro.

The former President of Portugal, His Excellency Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio, and Nobel Prizewinner and King’s alumnus Professor Michael Levitt were among six distinguished recipients to be awarded an honorary doctorate of King’s College London at its 2014 Honorary Degree Ceremony, held on 12 November in the Chapel at King’s Strand Campus.

The Chairman of Council, the Marquess of Douro, and the President & Principal of King’s, Professor Edward Byrne AC, conferred honorary doctorates of King’s on six recipients who have made outstanding contributions to their field, representing a broad range of international distinction. Dr Navi Pillay responded on behalf of the new honorary doctors.

From left to right: Former President Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio; Professor Edward Byrne AC; Professor Sir Christopher Bayly FBA FRSL; Dr Navi Pillay; Dr Paul B Rothman; Professor Michael Levitt FRS; the Marquess of Douro; and Professor Timothy Mitchison FRS.

The new honorary doctors are:

Professor Sir Christopher Bayly FBA FRSL is a distinguished and influential historian. Until July 2014 he was Vere Harmsworth Professor of Imperial and Naval History and Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies at the University of Cambridge.

Nobel Laureate Professor Michael Levitt FRS, an alumnus of King’s, is a pioneer in computational biophysics and biochemistry who is Professor of Structural Biology at Stanford University.

Professor Timothy Mitchison FRS is a leading cell biologist and a pioneer in interfacing the physical sciences with basic cell biology. He is Hasib Sabbagh Professor of Systems Biology and Deputy Chair of the Department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr Navanethem (Navi) Pillay is an eminent jurist on the world stage and a long-standing champion of human rights, who was the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to the end of August 2014.

Dr Paul B Rothman is a distinguished rheumatologist and molecular immunologist who is Dean of the Medical Faculty, Vice President for Medicine of Johns Hopkins University, and Chief Executive Officer of Johns Hopkins Medicine.

His Excellency Jorge Fernando Branco de Sampaio was 18th President of Portugal from 1996 to 2006. He has been UN High Representative for the Alliance of Civilizations and the UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy to Stop Tuberculosis.

Since 2008, King’s College London has awarded its own honorary degrees under degree-awarding powers granted by the Privy Council. Previously, the College awarded honorary degrees of the University of London, of which King’s remains a member.

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