Glittering prizes

December 25, 1998

Aung San Suu Kyi, co-founder and general secretary of the National League for Democracy, has received the honorary degree of doctor of laws from the University of Bath. The university has also made journalist and author Bel Mooney, 52, an honorary doctor of letters.

Christine King, 54, vice-chancellor of Staffordshire University, has been made an honorary doctor of letters by the University of Birmingham. The university has also given honorary degrees to: Philip Ruffles, who helped to develop the Rolls-Royce RB211 engine, (DEng); Mark Santer, bishop of Birmingham, (DD); Robert Taylor, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands (LLD).

Francoise Hampson and Kevin Boyle, both professors of law and members of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, have been jointly named human rights lawyers of the year by the pressure group Liberty.

Peter Robinson, executive vice-chairman of Liverpool Football Club, has received an honorary degree of doctor of laws from the University of Liverpool.

The University of Plymouth has awarded honorary degrees to: Tim Smit, project director of the millennium "Eden Project" to build the largest greenhouse on earth in a Cornish quarry (MSc); Malcolm Deere, former director of the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service tariff and profile initiative, (DArts); David Morell, former professor of general practice at the United Medical and Dental School of Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, (DM); Jeanette Webber, chief nursing officer and head of research at Macmillan Cancer Relief, (DSc); Geoff Potts, founder of the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth, (DSc); Alan Gray, who invented inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry, (DSc); Clive Nicholas, former chief geologist with ECC Quarries, (DSc); Edward Gallagher, chief executive of the Environment Agency (DSc).

Mike Jackson, professor of data engineering in the University of Wolverhampton's School of Computing and Information Technology, has been elected a fellow of the British Computer Society.

The University of Surrey has awarded honorary degrees to: Paul Belanger, director of Unesco's Institute of Education, Hamburg; Sam Ramsamy, a survivor of the apartheid regime in South Africa and president of the National Olympic Committee of South Africa, and Peter Blair, managing director of Racal Research in Reading.

Philosopher and author Mary Warnock has received the Albert Medal from the Royal Society. The medal is awarded annually for "distinguished merit in promoting arts manufactures and commerce".

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