Glittering prizes

March 30, 2001

The University of Cambridge will award honorary degrees to: Sydney Brenner , director of the Molecular Sciences Institute, Berkeley, and former director of the Medical Research Council's laboratory of molecular biology; Mamphele Ramphele , managing director of the World Bank and former vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town; Robert Edwards , emeritus professor of human reproduction and extraordinary fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge; Samuel Edwards , emeritus Cavendish professor of physics and fellow of Gonville and Caius College; John Pople , trustees' professor of chemistry at the North Western University and Nobel laureate for chemistry in 1998; writer Margaret Atwood ; playwright Michael Frayn ; and David Lewis , professor of philosophy at Princeton University.

John Bevington , emeritus professor of the school of physics and chemistry at Lancaster University, has been awarded a medal by the Macro Group - a body sponsored jointly by the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Chemical Industry - in recognition of his contributions to polymer chemistry.

Shivayogi Hiremath has been awarded an honorary degree by the University of Sunderland.

Sir John Sulston , one of the scientists behind the mapping of the human genome, has been presented with the Edinburgh medal for scientific achievement by the Edinburgh city council.

The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama has conferred fellowships on: Walter Blair , former associate director of the academy; Patrick Doyle , composer of scores for radio, television and films; Edwin Doyle , emeritus professor of English at Glasgow University; and Raymond Williamson , vice-chairman of the board and founding chairman of the Children's Music Foundation in Scotland and the National Youth Choir of Scotland.

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