Honorary Degrees





Commencement 2003


Samuel Hulbert

Doctor of Science, IU Bloomington

Biomedical Engineer and President, Rose Hulman Institute of Technology


Max Marsh

Doctor of Science, IU Bloomington

Pharmaceutical Researcher, Chemist and Pioneer


Herbert White

Doctor of Humane Letters, IU Bloomington

Library and Information Science Scholar, Educator and Writer

J. Herman Blake

Doctor of Humane Letters, IUPUI

University Educator, Administrator and Mentor


A’Leilia Bundles

Doctor of Human Letters, IUPUI

NBC and ABC Television News Producer, Author and Lecturer


Ting-Kai Li

Doctor of Science, IUPUI

 Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism Researcher and Federal Agency Director


Virgil Hunt

Doctor of Humane Letters, IU Kokomo

University Administrator, Mentor and Philanthropist


Barbara Warner

Doctor of Humane Letters, IU South Bend

Philanthropist, Volunteer and Advocate for the Arts


Commencement 2004


Judy O’Bannon

Doctor of Humane Letters, IU Bloomington

an historic preservationist, literacy advocate, international ambassador and volunteer.


Tavis Smiley

Doctor of Humane Letters, IU Kokomo

a PBS/NPR talk show host, author and philanthropist.


Lehman Adams

Doctor of Science, IUPUI

dentist, civil rights activist, volunteer


Jeffrey Gibney

Doctor of Humane Letters, IU South Bend

teacher, social activist, community developer


Ruth Lilly

Doctor of Humane Letters, IUPUI


(has libraries at IU named after her)


Robert Wood Lynn

Doctor of Humane Letters, IUPUI

religious educator, scholar, administrator


Haydn Murray

Doctor of Science, IU Bloomington

geologist, IUB professor emeritus


Joseph Stiglitz

Doctor of Laws, IU Northwest

economist, adviser, Nobel Prize laureate


Peggy Thomson

Doctor of Humane Letters, IUPUI

philanthropist, volunteer




Natsagiin Bagabandi, former president of Mongolia, will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Indiana University on Saturday (Dec. 17) in recognition of a decades-long relationship between the central Asian nation and the university.


Milton Cole

Business leader and CEO to receive Doctor of Laws degree [at May commencement]





Autumn 2005 Commencement


Judah Folkman, Doctor of Science

Jerome I. Friedman, Doctor of Science


Honorary doctorates were presented to Dr. Judah Folkman, a Columbus native and renowned medical researcher; and Jerome Friedman, Nobel laureate and professor of physics emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Summer 2005 Commencement


Frank M. Bass, Doctor of Business Administration

Roger O. McClellan, Doctor of Science

Grayce McVeigh Sills, Doctor of Public Service


Honorary doctorates were presented to Frank M. Bass, a leading scholar in marketing and brand evolution; Roger O. McClellan, an internationally recognized expert in the field of inhalation toxicology; and Grayce McVeigh Sills, professor emeritus of nursing at The Ohio State University College of Nursing and an internationally recognized leader in the field of psychiatric nursing.


Spring 2005 Commencement


Glen H. Elder, Doctor of Social Science

William H. Hall, Doctor of Public Service

Carl E. Wieman, Doctor of Science


Honorary doctorates were presented to Glen H. Elder, Jr., Doctor of Social Science; William H. Hall, Doctor of Public Service; Carl E. Wieman, Doctor of Science


Winter 2005 Commencement


Gerald E. Brown, Doctor of Science

Eugene C. Scott, Doctor of Science


(no info available…I’ll have to search through press releases)


Autumn 2004 Commencement


Edward J. Larson, Doctor of Humane Letters

Leon M. Lederman, Doctor of Science Education

M.S. Swaminathan, Doctor of Agricultural Science


Honorary doctorates will be presented to Edward J. Larson, Pulitzer Prize-winning professor of history and law at the University of Georgia; Leon M. Lederman, an internationally renowned specialist in high-energy physics; and M.S. Swaminathan, one of the world’s leading agricultural scientists.


Summer 2004 Commencement


Ernest M. Henley, Doctor of Science

Howard M. Johnson, Doctor of Science


Honorary doctorates will be presented to Ernest M. Henley, one of the most influential theoretical nuclear physicists in our time; and Howard M. Johnson, a three-time Ohio State graduate whose immunology research has played an important role in the use of interferon in the treatment of multiple sclerosis.


Spring 2004 Commencement


David W. Harvey, Doctor of Science


The honorary Doctor of Science degree will be presented to David W. Harvey, an internationally recognized geographer and social scientist.


Winter 2004 Commencement


Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., Doctor of Humane Letters

Durbin D. Feeling, Doctor of Humane Letters


Honorary Doctor of Human Letters degrees will be awarded to Avery Cardinal Dulles, S.J., the Laurence J. McGinley Professor of Religion and Society at Fordham University; and Durbin D. Feeling, who has devoted his professional life to the description, preservation, and teaching of the Cherokee language.


Autumn 2003 Commencment


Geradus 't Hooft, Doctor of Science

Nathaniel R. Jones, Doctor of Laws

Mark B. Rucker, Doctor of Music


Honorary doctorates will be presented to Geradus ‘t Hooft, Nobel laureate and professor of physics at the University of Htrecht in The Netherlands; Nathaniel R. Jones, a retired judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit; and Mark B. Rucker, a baritone who has earned an international reputation as a performer in some of opera’s most challenging roles.  


Summer 2003 Commencement


William F. Ganong, Doctor of Science

Dennis J. Greenland, Doctor of Science


(no info avail.—Need to search through press releases)


Spring 2003 Commencement


Robert D. Havener, Doctor of Public Service

Adrienne L. Kennedy, Doctor of Literature

Professor William E. Kirwan, Doctor of Education

R.E. "Ted" Turner, Doctor of Humane Letters


(no info avail.—Need to search through press releases)





Press Release: May 15, 2002


U.S. Sen. John R. Edwards of North Carolina, whom The Wall Street Journal has recognized as one who "impresses colleagues in behind-doors deliberations." Edwards, who grew up in Robbins and received a law degree with honors from UNC, will receive a doctor of laws degree.


Dr. Verne E. Chaney Jr., founder and president of the Thomas A. Dooley Foundation-INTERMED USA and INTERMED, Geneva, Switzerland. Chaney, who completed a residency in surgery at UNC and has received the UNC School of Medicine Distinguished Service Award, will receive a doctor of science degree.


Julian H. Robertson Jr., founder of Tiger Management Corp. Robertson, who received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UNC and has received the UNC Board of Trustees’ William R. Davie Award, will receive a doctor of laws degree.


May 18, 2003 Commencement


William H. Cosby Jr., comedian, holder of three university degrees and a popular commencement speaker; doctor of laws degree.


Drew S. Days III, a law professor at Yale University, advocate of civil and human rights and former Solicitor General of the United States; doctor of laws degree.


Reynolds Price, an English professor at Duke University and author of more than 30 books, winner of a National Book Critics Circle Award and other honors; doctor of letters degree.


C.D. (Dick) Spangler Jr., a successful Charlotte businessman and president emeritus of the 16-campus University of North Carolina; doctor of laws degree.


May 9, 2004 Commencement


Julius L. Chambers, pioneering civil rights attorney, alumnus of UNC’s School of Law, director of UNC’s Center for Civil Rights and chancellor emeritus of North Carolina Central University; doctor of laws degree.


Dr. William A. Graham, dean of Harvard Divinity School, renowned religious scholar and author, and UNC alumnus and former Morehead Scholar; doctor of humane letters degree.


Maurice J. Koury, president of Carolina Hosiery, commercial developer, UNC alumnus and former trustee, and longtime supporter of the university’s academic and athletic programs; doctor of laws degree.


William O. McCoy, former interim UNC-Chapel Hill chancellor and UNC system vice president for finance, Carolina alumnus and longtime supporter, and former vice chairman of the board of BellSouth Corp; doctor of laws degree.


William F. Winter, former Mississippi legislator and governor, renowned advocate for social and political reform in the South, and lawyer; doctor of laws degree.


May 15, 2005 Commencement


The Rev. Peter Gomes, Plummer professor of Christian morals and Pusey minister in the Memorial Church of Harvard University, esteemed religious scholar, author and speaker; doctor of divinity degree.


Frank Borden Hanes, writer, philanthropist, UNC alumnus and supporter; doctor of humane letters degree.


Nannerl Overholser Keohane, fellow at Stanford University, former president of Duke University and Wellesley College, author and scholar of political philosophy; doctor of laws degree.


Anand Panyarachun, twice prime minister of Thailand, former ambassador to the United States and founding chairman of the Kenan Institute Asia; doctor of laws degree.





Press Release April 21, 2003 (regarding Spring 2003 Commencement)


Jennifer Granholm, Doctor of Laws

Governor of Michigan, first female governor of Michigan


Oleg Grabar, Doctor of Humane Letters

professor emeritus at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Studies


Judith Jamison, Doctor of Fine Arts

director of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater


Hillel Shuval, Doctor of Science

Lunenfeld-Kunen Professor of Environmental Sciences at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Dr. John Schwarz, Doctor of Laws

former Michigan state senator representing Battle Creek


Billy Taylor, Doctor of Music

jazz pianist and educator


Press Release November 24, 2003 (regarding Winter 2003 Commencement)


Thomas Miller, Doctor of Laws

U.S. ambassador to Greece, previously served in areas of conflict such as Bosnia; received bachelor's, master's and doctorate degrees in political science from U-M.,also a master's degree in Asian studies from U-M


Ann Lurie, Doctor of Laws

one of the Midwest's leading philanthropists

“…president of Lurie Investments, president and treasurer of the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Foundation, president of African Infectious Disease Village Clinics Inc., a U.S. charity that funds a clinic in rural Kenya; …supported construction of the Robert H. Lurie Engineering Center and the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Tower at U-M. Her late husband was a U-M alumnus…”


Leo Goodman, Doctor of Science

major contributions to statistical analysis, fundamentally transformed quantitative research methods in the social sciences, particularly sociology, by providing a set of interrelated statistical tools that enable researchers to examine qualitative/categorical data with scientific rigor


Press Release March 18, 2004 (regarding Spring 2004 Commencement)


David E. Davis Jr., Doctor of Humane Letters

founder and editor emeritus of Automobile Magazine, dubbed the "dean of America's automotive critics" by Time Magazine


Daniel Aaron, Doctor of Humane Letters

U-M alumnus '33, professor emeritus of American literature at Harvard University, and founder and director of the Library of America series


Julius Chambers, Doctor of Laws

U-M alumnus '59, director of the Civil Rights Center of the University of North Carolina Law School


William Nelson Joy, Doctor of Engineering

U-M alumnus '75, internet pioneer and co-founder of Sun Microsystems;


Helmut Stern, Doctor of Laws

industrialist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and humanitarian

“…president of Arcanum Corp., a company that conducts carbon research in an effort to clean the environment and allow the country to become more energy independent. He is also president of the Helmut Stern Foundation, which has made grants to a number of organizations in Michigan….”


Karen Uhlenbeck, Doctor of Science

U-M alumnus '64, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents' Chair in Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin


Press Release November 18, 2004 (regarding Winter 2004 Commencement)


Robert P. Moses, Doctor of Laws

Math teacher, civil rights leader, developed the Algebra Project


Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, Doctor of Humane Letters

Alice Freeman Palmer Professor of History at U-M, from 1975 until her retirement in 1988


Press Release March 17, 2005 (regarding Spring 2005 Commencement)


John Seely Brown, Doctor of Science

former chief scientist of Xerox Corp. and director of its Palo Alto Research Center


Henry W. Bloch, Doctor of Laws

founder of H&R Block, also a U-M alumnus


Mildred Dresselhaus, Doctor of Science

Physicist, Institute Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology;


Bruce S. McEwen, Doctor of Science

Alfred E. Mirsky Professor, head of the Hatch Laboratory of Neuroendocrinology at The Rockefeller University


Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker, Doctor of Laws

philanthropist and longtime supporter of higher education and the education of women

“Perhaps best known for her foundation work, Margaret Ann (Ranny) Riecker has been for more than 40 years a trustee of both the Harry A. and Margaret D. Towsley Foundation (formed by her parents) and the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation….” 


Glenn E. "Bo" Schembechler, Doctor of Laws

former U-M football coach


Press Release November 21, 2005 (regarding Winter 2005 Commencement)


Freeman Dyson, Doctor of Science

professor emeritus of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J.; he has made extraordinary contributions to the field of quantum electrodynamics.


Sam Zell, Doctor of Laws

a U-M graduate and commercial real estate entrepreneur, along with


William Richardson, Doctor of Laws

former Johns Hopkins University President; now president of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.


Elizabeth Catlett, Doctor of Fine Arts

American artist

“Catlett went on to graduate school at the University of Iowa where she conveyed the African-American experience through art. She married Mexican painter Francisco Mora, and became an advocate for social causes, depicting the conditions of Mexican life in her art. Because of her advocacy of a progressive social agenda, she was investigated by the House Committee on Un-American Activities in the 1950s. She became a Mexican citizen in 1962, while continuing to champion the Civil Rights Movement in the United States….”







Lewis A. Barness, Doctor of Science

Pediatrician, pediatric researcher, teacher


Ruth Gruber, Doctor of Humane Letters

Journalist and human rights activist


John Harbison, Doctor of Fine Arts

World-renowned composer


Norman J. Latker, Doctor of Laws

Attorney, patent counsel, patent examiner




Neuma F. de Aguiar, Doctor of Science

Sociologist, scholar of women and development issues


Carl J. Anderson, Doctor of Science

Computer engineer, scientist


Charlene Barshefsky, Doctor of Laws

Attorney, former U.S. trade representative




George Archibald, Doctor of Science

Wildlife conservationist


André De Shields, Doctor of Fine Arts

Award-winning actor, mentor, UW-Madison alumnus (1970)


Florence Howe, Doctor of Humane Letters

Writer, scholar, founder of field of women's studies


Nancy Oestreich Lurie, Doctor of Humane Letters

Anthropologist, museum curator


June E. Osborn, Doctor of Science

Public health leader, educator, physician


Pleasant T. Rowland, Doctor of Humane Letters

Educator, author, philanthropist; founder of Pleasant Company, maker of American Girl Collection dolls; head of Pleasant T. Rowland Foundation, a charity for the arts and historical preservation 


David S. Ruder, Doctor of Laws

Law professor, dean, public servant




William C. Campbell, Doctor of Science

UW-Madison alumnus, researcher at Merck & Co. since 1957, developed Heartguard preventative heartworm medication for dogs





Press Release June 4, 2002


Following is information on the degree recipients, along with the official citations (in italics):


 Anthony S. Fauci, Doctor of Science

Research Scientist for HIV virus.


 James A. Forbes, Jr., Doctor of Divinity

fifth senior minister of The Riverside Church in New York City, becoming the first African-American to lead the largest multicultural congregation in the nation.

…Forbes has won recognition as one of the most effective and powerful preachers in the English-speaking world.


 Terry Gross, Doctor of Humanities

…produced and hosted the National Public Radio program "Fresh Air."


 Bernard Lewis, Doctor of Humane Letters

…Cleveland Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, emeritus, at Princeton

…For more than a half-century the undisputed leader of Near Eastern studies worldwide…


Colin Lucas, Doctor of Laws

…vice-chancellor of the University of Oxford.

…A renowned historian of democratic politics and of the French revolution


Emily Mann, Doctor of Fine Arts

…an award-winning playwright and director.

…In addition to writing plays, screenplays, translations and adaptations and directing, she has taught in Princeton University's Program in Theater and Dance.


Cal Ripken, Jr., Doctor of Humanities

…career in baseball with the Baltimore Orioles

We honor him for his legendary perfect attendance record: 2,632 straight games, eclipsing Lou Gehrig's record by more than 500, and for the excellence of his play: 19 times an all-star, twice his league's most valuable player. But more than that we honor the qualities that he epitomizes - dependability, perseverance, stamina, devotion to duty -- and his service to his community through programs dedicated to literacy, health, athletics and the arts. In his work with young people, on and off the diamond, he seeks to help them do what he has always done: apply as fully as possible the talents they were given.


Oprah Gail Winfrey, Doctor of Fine Arts

Film producer, actress, publisher, television icon, philanthropist, her roles have a seamlessness beyond their effervescent success. Each one reflects her insatiable curiosity, commitment to universal literacy and the rewards of knowledge, and her insistence on the boundless amelioration of the human spirit. The theme of her life and work represents the University's highest aspirations of education, opportunity and service.


Press Release June 3, 2003


The following is biographical information on the recipients and the official citations.


Natalie Zemon Davis, Doctor of Humane Letters

…From 1978 to 1996: a member of the faculty of Princeton University

…Her research activity and publications have centered on the social and cultural history of sixteenth-century France and early modern Europe.


Richard J. Goldstone, Doctor of Laws

…known internationally as one of the world’s experts on constitutional law, human rights and war crimes.

…In 1994, he was appointed to his current position as a justice on South Africa’s Constitutional Court. He served as chief prosecutor of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.


Claude M. Steele, Doctor of Humane Letters

…the Lucie Stern Professor in the Social Sciences at Stanford University, where he has been a professor of psychology since 1991. Steele has revolutionized the way social scientists think about prejudice and stereotypes. He has focused on the impact of group stereotypes on African Americans and women


Joan Argetsinger Steitz, Doctor of Science

Research Scientist; … She is internationally recognized for fundamental and pioneering contributions to understanding of the DNA of the genome of living organisms. Her research has implications for improved diagnosis and treatment of autoimmune diseases.


Lawrence H. Summers, Doctor of Laws

…former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury, assumed office as the 27th president of Harvard University on July 1, 2001.

…professor of economics at Harvard University


Press Release June 1, 2004


The following is biographical information on the recipients and the official citations.


Edward T. Cone, Doctor of Humane Letters

…a concert pianist, composer and author, joined Princeton's Department of Music as a faculty member in 1947. He taught music theory, history and composition until transferring to emeritus status in 1985. Cone is an undergraduate and graduate alumnus of Princeton.


Pablo Eisenberg, Doctor of Laws

…For 23 years, Eisenberg served as executive director of the Center for Community Change, one of the nation's most innovative and progressive advocacy organizations, working closely with low-income constituencies and organizing for social justice and civic engagement.

…A graduate of Princeton….


Charles Kuen Kao, Doctor of Science

…internationally known for his pioneering work in fiber optical research and the development of optical fiber transmission systems, which now serve as the backbone of all major communication routes in the world.


Nannerl O. Keohane, Doctor of Laws

…After a decade in office, Nannerl Keohane will step down this June as president of Duke University. She is Duke's first woman president and one of the first women to lead a major U.S. research university…


Robert P. Moses, Doctor of Laws

…Robert Moses left his teaching position at Horace Mann School in New York City in 1961 to join the civil rights movement in Mississippi.

…he returned to teaching and developed the concept and curriculum for the Algebra Project, which has helped tens of thousands of students in urban and rural school districts develop essential mathematical skills.


Press Release May 31, 2005


The following is biographical information on the recipients and the official citations.


John Bogle, Doctor of Laws

…a 1951 Princeton graduate and a pioneer of the mutual funds industry, created Vanguard Capital Management in 1974

In 1951, as an idealistic economics major, he proposed in his senior thesis the then-revolutionary concept of an efficient and economical  mutual fund run primarily for the benefit of the investor. Known as a pioneer of index fund investing, he is an unrelenting crusader against high fees and hidden costs and an outspoken advocate for intelligent investing.  Honesty is an integral element  of his management strategy, reflecting his precept that character counts, in investing as in other walks of life. We honor him today for over half a century of making sure that  the individual investor's interest remains always in the vanguard.


Anne d'Harnoncourt, Doctor of Laws

…George D. Widener Director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art since 1982 and as both director and chief executive officer of the museum since 1997.

Under her leadership for nearly a quarter-century, the Philadelphia Museum of Art has grown in scope, accessibility and influence, a model in illuminating the history and power of human creativity. A scholar of undisputed stature and a commanding presence among her peers, she is, in the broadest sense of the word, a curator of the arts. Fostering outreach and education, she sees museums not as places where art is confined, but as places where art engages, enlightens and inspires -- helping us to picture our past, and begin to sculpt our future.


J. Lionel Gossman, Doctor of Humanities

…A member of Princeton's faculty since 1976,… Department of French and Italian. His scholarship and teaching interests focus on the relationship between European history and literature in the period from the 17th to the 19th centuries -- especially on questions, as he has put it, of "humanistic education as it is and as it should be."


Yo-Yo Ma, Doctor of Music

…Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma has earned a distinguished international reputation as an ambassador for music and its vital role in society. He is known for his exploration of music as a means of communication and as a vehicle for the migration of ideas across a range of cultures throughout the world. Ma established the Silk Road Project to promote the study of the cultural, artistic and intellectual traditions along the ancient Silk Road trade route that stretched from the Mediterranean Sea to the Pacific Ocean. The project produces programs in partnership with organizations such as the Smithsonian Institution.


Vera Rubin, Doctor of Science

…an observational astronomer looking at the spectra, or light signatures, of galaxies to determine their motions.


Wole Soyinka, Doctor of Humane Letters

…Nigerian playwright, poet, novelist and political rights activist Wole Soyinka was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1986 -- the first African to receive this honor -- as a writer "who, in a wide cultural perspective and with poetic overtones, fashions the drama of existence."





Press Release May 29, 2003


Robert Louis Bernstein (Doctor of Humane Letters), publisher and human rights activist, who has devoted his life to the active defense of freedom of expression and to the protection of victims of injustice and abuse throughout the worldSydney Brenner (Doctor of Science) is Distinguished Research Professor at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, and a pioneer in the field of genetics. His research, including the co-discovery of messenger RNA, has contributed to advancements in the knowledge of the structure and functions of genes. In recognition of this work, he was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2002. Brenner was born and educated in South Africa, earning a bachelor's degree in medicine and a master's degree in medical biology from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Following graduation, he embarked on a path of independent research in areas related to molecular biology. He soon decided to pursue additional study and moved to Oxford University, where he earned his D.Phil. in 1954. After a brief tenure at his alma mater in Johannesburg, he was appointed to the staff of the Medical Research Council's Laboratory of Molecular Biology at Cambridge. Brenner served as Director of the Unit of Molecular Genetics at Cambridge from 1986 to 1992. After retiring as head of the Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Brenner founded the Molecular Sciences Institute in Berkeley, California, where he served as Director until 2001. He continues his research through his affiliation with the Salk Institute.


William H. Cosby Jr. (Doctor of Humane Letters), the internationally known actor and entertainer famous for his starring role in "The Cosby Show," is also one of the country's strong advocates for education, children, and the support of African-American art and artists. Widely respected as a child advocate and humanitarian, he has used his talents and public renown to call attention to the needs of children. He is active in civil rights causes and is a strong advocate of the power of education, contributing generously to colleges and universities, especially those whose student bodies are predominantly African-American. His philanthropic ventures include the formation of a major national center to support the work of African-American women and gifts to support the creation and preservation of African-American art.


John Hart Ely (Doctor of Laws) is a professor and legal scholar. His seminal contributions to the field of constitutional law are counted among the most influential legal writings of the second half of the twentieth century. Ely graduated from Princeton University in 1960 with a bachelor's degree. He went on to law school at Yale, where he completed his degree in 1963.


Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. (Doctor of Medical Sciences) is a physician who has been a leader in the fight against acquired immune deficiency syndrome, commonly known as AIDS. He currently serves as Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and Chief of the Laboratory of Immunoregulation at the National Institutes of Health.


Norman Foster (Doctor of Fine Arts) is an architect of international renown whose buildings marry technology and strong design elements, while respecting environmental concerns. Following his Yale education, Foster founded the Team 4 architectural practice in 1963, and then, in 1967, opened Foster Associates in London, now known as Foster and PartnersHe is a Royal Designer for Industry, a Fellow of the Chartered Society of Designers, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.


Ruth Bader Ginsburg (Doctor of Laws), Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, has been instrumental in promoting the law's recognition of women's full citizenship stature. …she was honored by the American Bar Association in 1999 with the Thurgood Marshall Award for her efforts to advance gender equality and human rights.


David Hartman (Doctor of Divinity) is one of the leading Jewish theologians of our time. A rabbi, philosopher, and internationally known author, he is the founder and Director of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.


Nell Irvin Painter (Doctor of Letters), Edwards Professor of American History at Princeton University, has worked throughout her career to include the experiences of African Americans, women, and the working class as vital parts of U.S. history. …She came to Princeton in 1988, where she has also served as Director of the Program in African-American Studies.


Krzysztof Penderecki (Doctor of Music) is a composer and conductor whose work has stretched the boundaries of music, bringing new expression to contemporary and ancient themes. His compositions have been inspired by the horror of the Holocaust as well as by classical sacred texts and liturgies.

Amartya Kumar Sen (Doctor of Social Science), an economist and philosopher, received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998 for his contributions to welfare economics and social choice theory, and related to that, the causation and remedy of poverty and famine. …He has served as President of the American Economic Association, the Indian Economic Association, the International Economic Association, and the Econometric Society.


May 2004


Jan Assmann


Jan Assmann, a leading scholar of Egyptology and archaeology, is a professor of Egyptology at the University of Heidelberg. His work has been widely recognized for its interdisciplinary approach, drawing on history, psychology, theology, linguistics, and cultural theory to construct new interpretations.


David Baltimore


David Baltimore, recipient of the Nobel Prize in 1975, is one of the most influential biologists of his generation, accomplished in science, research, teaching, and administration. He currently serves as president of the California Institute of Technology, one of the country's leading research universities…. An early advocate of federal AIDS research, Baltimore co-chaired the 1986 National Academy of Sciences' Committee on a National Strategy for AIDS and was appointed in 1996 to head the National Institutes of Health AIDS Vaccine Research Committee.


Bernard Fisher


Bernard Fisher is a scientist whose work has transformed the treatment of breast cancer. He is a founding member, past chairman, and scientific director of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), a federally funded program that has conducted numerous breast cancer research studies that have yielded seminal findings in the treatment of the disease.


Lee Friedlander


Lee Friedlander is one of the leading photographers of our time. A prolific and influential artist, he began his career in the 1950s and continues to chronicle life as an astute and creative observer.  Friedlander has been honored with three Guggenhiem Fellowships, in 1960, 1961, and 1977; two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, in 1972 and 1977; the medal of the city of Paris, in 1981; and a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award. He has also published more than twenty books.


Nannerl O. Keohane


Nannerl O. Keohane will be stepping down next month after eleven years of service as the eighth president of Duke University. Prior to coming to Duke, she was president of Wellesley College. Keohane is a professor and scholar of political science and plans to return to teaching and research.


 Wangari Maathai


Wangari Muta Maathai is internationally recognized for her persistent work for democracy, human rights, and environmental issues. As the founder of the Green Belt Movement in Kenya in 1977, she has helped transform the physical environment, and as a member of the Kenyan Parliament and Deputy Minister for Environment, Natural Resources, and Wildlife, she is shaping the political environment as well.


Willie Mays



Willie Mays is considered one of the greatest baseball players ever. During 22 seasons of major league play, he set a new standard for all-around excellence and versatility, demonstrating ability in hitting, power hitting, running, throwing, and fielding. … Mays serves on the State Board of Directors of the California African American Museum and continues to be involved with the Giants as special assistant to the president.


Tom Wolfe


Tom Wolfe is an award-winning writer of both nonfiction and novels, and is an accomplished journalist. He is widely acclaimed for his role in creating what has come to be known as the "New Journalism."


Press Release May 23, 2005


Jacqueline K. Barton


Jacqueline K. Barton is the Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor of Chemistry at the California Institute of Technology. A role model for women in the sciences, she is particularly interested in biophysical and inorganic chemistry. Her research has yielded new techniques for use in studies of dna by focusing on the dynamics of dna structure and the effects of chemical damage.


Robert P. DeVecchi '52 B.A.


Robert P. DeVecchi is president emeritus of the International Rescue Committee. His career over more than thirty-five years has been devoted to the humanitarian needs of refugees and displaced persons around the world…..he completed his undergraduate education at Yale in 1952, then served for two years on active duty with the United States Air Force and in 1956 received an M.B.A. from Harvard University.


William H. Foege


William H. Foege is an epidemiologist who has been a leading force in improving public health around the world. He was instrumental in the worldwide campaign to eradicate smallpox, and he continues to be an advocate for global health as Emeritus Presidential Distinguished Professor of International Health at Emory University and as a Gates Fellow.


David Hockney


David Hockney is a master painter and draftsman widely recognized as well for his work as a printmaker, photographer, and stage designer. He has focused on the importance of the human figure, either present or implied, with the result that his art has often been characterized as "narrative." He is also the author of several books, most recently Secret Knowledge: Rediscovering the Lost Techniques of the Old Masters…..Mr. Hockney was awarded the gold medal for drawing from the Royal Academy of Art, the Kodak photography book award (1984), first prize from the International Center ofPhotography in New York (1985), and prizes in numerous international exhibitions. A major retrospective of his work, organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1988, traveled to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Tate Gallery, London.


Mamphela Ramphele


Mamphela A. Ramphele is a leading South African activist. She has a distinguished career in education, medicine, and community development and is widely recognized for her pioneering efforts on behalf of black South Africans during and after apartheid. She now chairs Circle Capital Ventures, a Cape Town-based company focused on growing companies and investing in people.


Paul A. Samuelson


Paul A. Samuelson is a Nobel laureate economist and Institute Professor Emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

...Awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1970

…economic adviser to the presidential administrations of John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson,


Bryan A. Stevenson


Bryan A. Stevenson is founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative of Alabama and a professor at the New York University School of Law. His career has been devoted to providing legal representation to those on the margins of society: indigent defendants, death-row prisoners, and juveniles who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.


Andrew J. Wiles


Andrew J. Wiles, Eugene Higgins Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University, has become widely known following his solution of one of the great challenges in math: proving Fermat's last theorem.





Press Release June 5, 2003


Gary S. Becker

Doctor of Laws

Gary S. Becker won the Nobel Prize for Economic Science in 1992 for his work on economics associated with important social problems. He is a University Professor in the Departments of both Economics and Sociology at the University of Chicago. He has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1990.


Elliot Forbes

Doctor of Music

Elliot Forbes is the Fanny Peabody Professor of Music Emeritus at Harvard University, former chairman of the Department of Music, and former conductor of the Harvard Glee Club.


Norman C. Francis

Doctor of Laws

Norman C. Francis was the first African-American president of Xavier University in New Orleans, the only black and Catholic university in the Western Hemisphere…. Francis served as an adviser to five U.S. presidents…. Throughout his career, Francis has provided leadership for civil rights, educational, civic, and religious organizations. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and holds honorary degrees from 22 (now 23) institutions of higher education.


Ellsworth Kelly

Doctor of Arts

Ellsworth Kelly made his mark on modern art by becoming the anti-Picasso…. While Picasso and others of his generation sought to impose their vision on the world through personal style and imagery, Kelly sought to efface himself, appropriating abstract designs from the natural world or discovering them through accident or chance. …He has had major exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum.


Mary-Claire King

Doctor of Science

Mary-Claire King's discovery in 1990 that inherited breast cancer was caused by a mutation on a single gene revolutionized the study of cancer and opened up new lines of research. King's breakthrough came about as the result of 15 years of studying the genetics of more than 1,000 women of Eastern European Jewish background, a group with a higher than normal incidence of the disease.


Donald E. Knuth

Doctor of Science

Donald E. Knuth is a computer-programming superstar. His three-volume magnum opus "The Art of Computer Programming" (he is now working on volume four) has sold more than a million copies and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Hungarian.


Linda Nochlin

Doctor of Letters

Art historian Linda Nochlin is the Lila Acheson Wallace Professor of Modern Art at New York University's (NYU) Institute of Fine Arts. She specializes in the art of the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly in the work of Gustave Courbet and the Impressionists, and the representation of women and the work of women artists. Her book "Woman as Sex Object: Studies in Erotic Art, 1730-1970," published in 1972, introduced a feminist perspective to the field of art history and criticism.


Philip Roth

Doctor of Letters

The prolific, sometimes controversial author Philip Roth is best known for fiction that depicts the middle-class American Jewish experience with humor and sarcasm as well as sympathy and depth.


Robert G. Stone Jr.

Doctor of Humane Letters

Robert Stone, an energy and shipping executive and private venture capital investor, was a member of the Harvard Corporation for 27 years, serving as Senior Fellow of the University's executive governing board from 1995 until June 2002. Stone served as national chair of the $2.6 billion University Campaign in the 1990s and as co-chair of its predecessor, the $358 million Harvard Campaign. He chaired the search committee that selected President Lawrence H. Summers.


P. Roy Vagelos

Doctor of Laws

P. Roy Vagelos served as chief executive officer of Merck & Co. Inc. for nine years and as chairman of the health products giant's board of directors for eight, ending with his retirement in 1994.


Ernesto Zedillo Ponce de Leon

Doctor of Laws

Ernesto Zedillo served as president of Mexico for six years and then oversaw the transfer of power after 71 years of rule by Mexico's Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).


Press Release June 10, 2004


Kofi Annan

Doctor of Laws

…the seventh secretary-general of the United Nations and the first to be elected from the ranks of UN staff…. On Dec. 10, 2001, the secretary-general and the United Nations received the Nobel Peace Prize.


Margaret E. Atwood

Doctor of Letters

…an acclaimed and award-winning writer of poetry, criticism, short fiction, and novels.


J. Michael Bishop

Doctor of Science

J. Michel Bishop, University Professor and Chancellor at the University of California, San Francisco, shared the 1989 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He won it with Harold Varmus for their work on cancer genetics.


The Hon. Robert L. Carter

Doctor of Laws

Fifty years ago, U.S. District Judge Robert L. Carter was part of the team of NAACP lawyers who argued the landmark school desegregation case, Brown v. Board of Education, before the U.S. Supreme Court.


Suzanne Farrell

Doctor of Arts

Born in 1945, in a suburb of Cincinnati and raised by a devoted single mother who moved the family to New York City so that her three daughters would have a chance to excel in the arts, Suzanne Farrell became a star of the New York City Ballet while still a teenager.


Daniel Kahneman

Doctor of Laws

Daniel Kahneman is Princeton University's Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology and Professor of Public Affairs at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs.


Sir Frank Kermode

Doctor of Letters

Frank Kermode is generally regarded as one of the most important and influential British literary critics of the second half of the 20th century.


Shirley M. Tilghman

Doctor of Laws

Pioneering genetics researcher Shirley M. Tilghman was named Princeton University's 19th president in 2001.


Edward O. Wilson

Doctor of Science

Edward Osborne Wilson is the Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus and honorary curator in entomology at Harvard University, where he has studied and worked for the past 53 years.


Press Release June 9, 2005


Mary Ellen Avery

Doctor of Science

received the National Medal of Science in 1991 for her discovery of the cause of respiratory distress syndrome in premature infants and in devising a strategy to prevent and treat the ailment.

… She has written numerous books and has authored more than 100 scientific publications, most dealing with respiratory disorders of newborn infants.


David Baltimore

Doctor of Science

One of the world's most distinguished and influential biologists, David Baltimore has been the president of California Institute of Technology since 1997. He shared the Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine in 1975 for pioneering research on viruses, which has contributed to the understanding of AIDS, cancer, and the basis of human immune responses to disease.


Caroline Walker Bynum

Doctor of Laws

…a scholar of medieval history and religious thought whose work explores the concept of divine incarnation in its many permutations and implications.


D. Ronald Daniel

Doctor of Laws

stepped down as Harvard's treasurer in June 2004 after 15 years in the post.

… Daniel is a director of McKinsey & Company Inc., having spent 12 years as managing partner, ending in 1988. He has been a management consultant for 47 years, with a particular emphasis on corporate strategy, development, and top management organization.


John Lithgow

Doctor of Arts

To call John Lithgow a star of stage, screen, and television is to sell him short, since he is also the author of five books for children and one for adults and recently made his debut as a dancer with the New York City Ballet. A committed advocate for the humanities, Lithgow has worked on numerous projects for public TV and radio. In 2000, he participated in the White House Conference on Culture and Diplomacy. He has also been involved in raising funds for various outreach and educational programs over the years, and has shown a particular interest in children and literacy; his poem "I Need a Good Book" was a feature of National Children's Book Week in 2004.


Quentin Skinner

Doctor of Laws

Quentin Skinner, recipient of an honorary doctor of laws degree, is Regius Professor of Modern History and pro-vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge. He is an influential voice in the intellectual history of political thought and is well known for his work "The Foundations of Modern Political Thought."


Charles M. Vest

Doctor of Laws

Charles M. Vest is president emeritus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and a member of the institute's mechanical engineering faculty. He served as 15th president of MIT from 1990 to 2004. During that time, his priorities included building a stronger international dimension into education and research, developing better relations with industry, enhancing racial and cultural diversity within MIT, and rebuilding public understanding and support of higher education and research.


Edward Witten

Doctor of Science

Edward Witten is the Charles Simonyi Professor of Physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J. He is a world leader in string theory, which attempts to describe all the known forces of nature in a unified way, a goal sought but unattained by Albert Einstein, a former faculty member of the Institute for Advanced Study. For his work in this and other areas of physics, Witten was awarded a 2002 National Medal of Science, the nation's highest honor for researchers in the fields of science and engineering.