Honorary Degree

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Honorary degrees are awarded by Universities around the world in recognition of achivements in a specific field or to society in general.

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The following people are associated with this Honour:

Archibald Barr
A world leading inventor and businessman.

Sir Derek Barton
A Nobel prize winning chemist, whose work on the concept of conformation in chemistry was groundbreaking.

Dame (Susan) Jocelyn Bell Burnell
An internationally acclaimed astronomer, honoured for her discovery of pulsars.

Sir Michael Bond
A leading psychiatrist, who with Bryan Jennett, created the Glasgow Outcome Scale.

William Boyd
An internationally acclaimed novelist and screenwriter, who has won many prizes including the Costa and Los Angeles Times awards.

Murdoch Cameron
An exceptional obstetrician who was first to successfully perform a series of Caesarian sections, proving them safe, routine operations.

Jessie Campbell of Tullichewan
A philanthropist and education pioneer whose vision for women's education was realised by the creation of Queen Margaret College.

Sir Henry Campbell-Bannerman
British Prime Minister 1905-1908

John Arnold Cranston
An eminent physicist who, with Frederick Soddy, discovered the element Protactinium (Pa-231).

Sir Samuel Crowe Curran
An exceptional physicist whose inventions were used in laboratories all over the world.

Donald Dewar
First Minister of Scotland 1999-2000

Ian Donald
An outstanding obstetrician and inventor of the first diagnostic ultrasound machine.

Isabella Elder
A prominent philanthropist and pioneer of educational development across social barriers.

Walter Elliot
Member of the British Cabinet 1932-1940.

Winnie Ewing
The accomplished politician who brought the Scottish National Party to prominence with her victory in the 1967 Hamilton By-Election.

Malcolm Ferguson-Smith
A celebrated geneticist whose work on gene mapping has shaped our understanding of human evolution.

Oliver Franks Baron Franks
The remarkable philosopher and diplomat who was instrumental in brokering the Marshall Plan after the Second World War and who, as British Ambassador to Washington 1948-1952 negotiated on Britain's behalf in the formation of NATO.

Janet Anne Galloway
A noted pioneer of women's education.

Sir Alexander Gibson
A celebrated conductor and founder Scottish Opera.

Thomas Gibson
A pioneering surgeon who was first to understand the rejection grafts of tissue taken from a donor as an antigen-antibody reaction.

John Glaister
A forensic scientist famed for his expert testimony in prominent legal cases and for a classic text that moulded the development of his subject.

William Gloag
A prominent legal educator, the textbook he co-authored with RC Henderson became a classic, still in use in the 21st century.

Victor Hawthorne
A distinguished epidemiologist who set up the MIDSPAN Project which is largest long-term health study of socio-economically deprived areas in the UK.

Sir David Henderson
A forward thinking army officer who is credited with being the 'Father of the Royal Air Force'.

Peggy Herbison
A notable politician, government minister and campaigner, she was named Scotswoman of the year in 1970.

William McPhee Hutchison
An eminent zoologist who discovered that cats are the source of the Toxoplasma parasite infection in humans.

Neil Isaacs
A distinguished chemist who, with botanist Richard Cogdell, conducted seminal research into the structure and function of bacterial reaction centres and light-harvesting complexes.

Bill Jarrett
An acclaimed veterinary scientist who discovered the viral cause of feline leukaemia and who was one of the team who created the first commercial vaccine for a parasitic disease in cattle.

Bryan Jennett
The leading neurosurgeon of his day, with Graham Teasdale, he created the Glasgow Coma Scale and with Michael Bond, he created the Glasgow Outcome Scale.

Tom Johnston
Secretary of State for Scotland 1941-1945

Andrew Bonar Law
British Prime Minister 1922-1923.

Sir William Boog Leishman
A celebtrated bacteriologist, he discovered the cause of the disease later named Leishmaniasis.

John MacCormick
One of the founding fathers of the Scottish Nationalist movement.

Sir William Macewen
The pioneering surgeon who undertook the first successful removal of a brain tumour.

Alec Lawrence Macfie
A noted political economist who co-edited the internationally acclaimed Glasgow Edition of the Works and Correspondence of Adam Smith in 7 volumes.

John MacIntyre
An acclaimed radiologist and pioneer of the use of X-rays as a therapeutic tool.

Thomas Murray MacRobert
An internationally renowned research mathematician, who discovered the E-function.

Sheina Marshall
A major figure in British biological oceanography, she was one of the first women to be made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Osborne Henry Mavor
Better known as playright James Bridie, he was one of Scotland's most influential writers and founder of the Glasgow Citizens Theatre.

Dame Anne Louise McIlroy
A pioneering obstetrician, gynaecologist and surgeon, who became the first woman medical professor in the UK.

Frances Melville
A noted suffragist and campaigner for women's rights to higher education, she was the first women to graduate with a Bachelor of Theology degree from a Scottish University.

Edwin Morgan
Widely recognised as one of the foremost Scottish poets of his generation, he was the first Poet Laureate for Glasgow and Scot Makar from 2004-2010.

Alexander Nove
An influential economist and historian who became advisor to successive British Ambassadors to the Soviet Union and was instrumental in changing British Government policy towards the Soviet Union in the early 1980s.

John Boyd Orr Baron Boyd Orr of Brechin
A Nobel prize winning nutritionist and physiologist, who led pioneering studies in the nutition of farm animals and human populations.

Guido Pontecorvo
A ground breaking geneticist who established the fungus Aspergillus nidulans as a conventient genetical tool and who discovered and patented the 'Parasexual cycle'.

J Monteath Robertson
The founder of organic crystallography.

Muriel Robertson
A noted zoologist who made key discoveries of the life cycle of Trypanosomes.

Willie Ross Baron Ross of Marnock
Secretary of State for Scotland, 1964-1970 and 1974-1976.

Michael Samuels
A language scholar and founder of the award winning Historical Thesaurus of the Oxford English Dictionary Project.

Robert Silver
An internationally honoured mechanical engineer whose system for desalination was adopted as an industry standard.

Frederick Soddy
A Nobel prizewinning chemist, honoured for his discovery of isotopes.

Janet Spens
One of the leading literary critics of her day, she co-founded Laurel Bank School in Glasgow.

Jokichi Takamine
An eminent chemist, his discovery, and commericial application, of synthetic adrenalin was instrumental in establishing the US biotech industry.

Sir Graham Teasdale
A leading neurosurgeon, with Bryan Jennet, he created the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS).

Derick Smith Thomson
One of the leading Gaelic poets and critics of his generation, he published and edited the Gaelic language magazine Gairm for over fifty years.

Sir William Thomson Baron Kelvin of Largs
The University of Glasgow's most eminent physicist, honoured in many countries for his numerous inventions.

Sir Alexander Todd Baron Todd of Trumpington
A Nobel prizewinning chemist, honoured for his research on nucleotides and nucleotide co-enzymes.

Sir Alwyn Williams
A prominent geologist who discovered silica and phosphate biominerals in brachiopod shells.