Cambridge honorary degree nominees named

Connie Fisher - Deputy News Editor 23 June 2012

Cambridge University have announced the names of eight individuals who have been nominated to receive honorary degrees.

Honorary degrees are given to “members of the Royal Family, British subjects who are of conspicuous merit or have done good service to the State or to the University, and foreigners of distinction”, and are the highest tribute the University can bestow.

The system, which has been running for around 500 years, has honoured figures such as Albert Einstein, Lord Kitchener and General Eisenhower.

This year’s nominees include the Lord Judge of Draycote, who is currently Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, immunologist

Dr Brigitte Askonas and Noble Laureate in Chemistry Professor Roger Tsien.

Nominations can be made by any member of the University, and may remain under consideration. If successful, this year’s nominees will be awarded their degree title during a ceremony, procession and garden party in the Senate House grounds later in the year.

Connie Fisher – Deputy News Editor