Honorary degrees awarded in 2014
This year we recognise the achievements of individuals working and researching in the areas of defence, engineering, chemistry, medicine and business who have made immense contributions to their respective fields.
Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC DL
Sir George Zambellas is the current First Sea Lord and Chief of the Naval Staff of the Royal Navy, and a graduate of the faculty of engineering at the University of Southampton.
Retaining a keen interest in engineering throughout his career, he was honoured as a fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society and delivered the keynote address on the future of unmanned systems in the Royal Navy in Southampton earlier this year.
Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB
Dr Vanessa Lawrence CB was the Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey and the adviser to the British Government on mapping, surveying and geographic information from 2000 to 2014. She was the longest-serving Director General since 1875 and she was the first woman to hold the post.
Vanessa is one of the few recipients of the Scottish Geographical Medal, and she has been elected as an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. In the New Year’s Honours of 2008 she was appointed by Her Majesty the Queen as a Companion of The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (CB).
Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman
Dr Abu Bakar Suleiman is the President of the International Medical University, and a renowned individual for his work in developing and extending Nephrology and Dialysis services across Malaysia.
He served as the President of the Malaysian Medical Association (MMA) in 1986-87, and from 1991 to 2001 he was the Director-General of Health in the Malaysian Ministry of Health.
He set up the Department of Nephrology at Hospital Kuala-Lumpur, extending dialysis and kidney transplant services hospital-by-hospital all across the country.
Andrew Wolstenholme OBE
Andrew Wolstenholme is the Chief Executive Officer for Crossrail, a member of the Construction Leadership Council, and a University of Southampton graduate in civil engineering.
After a successful career working for Arup on infrastructure projects, he joined BAA as the Construction Director for the Heathrow Express rail link. He then went on to lead the delivery of Terminal 5, and became BAA’s Director of Capital projects.
Andrew was invited to lead an industry review in 2009. His report, ‘Never Waste a Good Crisis’, has helped steer government policy in construction. He was awarded an OBE for services to the construction industry in 2009.
Professor Dominic Tildesley
Dominic Tildesley is the President of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Director of the Centre Européen de Calcul Atomique et Moléculaire (CECAM), Professor Titulaire at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and a chemistry graduate from the University of Southampton.
He is the author of The UK e-Infrastructure Strategy for Science and Business: a roadmap for the development and use of advanced computing, data and networks, and he co-chairs the UK E-infrastructure Leadership team with the Minister of Science.
He is President of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Honorary degrees awarded in previous years
View a selection of our honorary graduates from the 1960s to the present day.
Honorary degrees in 2013
Professor Zhong-Qun Tian
Dame Valerie Strachan
Baroness Rabbi Julia Neuberger DBE
Professor Richard Holdaway CBE
Professor John Craven
Honorary degrees in 2012
Professor the Rt Hon Lord Plant of Highfield
Professor David Phillips CBE
Deirdre Le Faye
Sir George W. Buckley
Professor Cecil Balmond
Honorary degrees in 2011
Professor Sir William Wakeham
Sir Adrian Fulford
Dame Helen Alexander DBE
Honorary degrees in 2010
Courtney Pine CBE
Professor Gwyneth Lewis OBE
Dr Stephen Deuchar
Professor Michael Arthur
Honorary degrees in 2009
Sir Geoffrey Rowland
Baroness Gloria Hooper CMG
Professor Peter J Gregson
Professor Sir Barry Cunliffe
Professor Jun Chen
Honorary degrees in the 2000s
Sir Alfred Brendel
Sir Michael Gambon
The Baroness Greenfield
Helena Kennedy QC
Lord Sainsbury of Turville
Dame Janet Suzman
Baroness Warnock of Weeke
Honorary degrees in the 1990s
Sir David Attenborough
Sir Marrack Goulding
Colin Renfrew, The Lord Renfrew of Kaimsthorn
Honorary degrees in the 1980s
Sir Hermann Bondi
Frank Templeton Prince
The Rt Hon Shirley Williams
Sir Ernest Donald Acheson
Baron Shackleton of Burley
Honorary degrees in the 1970s
Sir Hugh Casson
Sir Claus Moser
Sir Eric Roll (The Lord Roll of Ipsden)
Honorary degrees in the 1960s
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Sir Keith Murray (The Lord Murray of Newhaven)
World Affairs Editor of the BBC and Foreign Correspondent. Awarded in 2003
BBC News Journalist. Awarded in 2010
Naturalist and television presenter. Awarded in 2013
English Jazz musician. Awarded in 2010