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HONORARY DOCTORATES

Dies Natalis 28 May 2015
‘Sustainable world, smart entrepreneurship’

  • John Lloyd Provis
    Professor, University of Sheffield (UK)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Engineering Technology
    Promotors: Prof. Wouter Schroeyers and Prof. ir. Hervé Degée

  • Emmanuel de Merode
    Director, Virunga National Park
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law
    Promotor: Prof. Johan Ackaert

  • Richard D. Bardgett
    Professor, University of Manchester (UK)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Jan Colpaert

  • Jeremy Rifkin
    Economist, author and columnist (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper


Dies Natalis 28 May 2015
‘Think global, connect local’

  • Bijoy Jain
    Architect, Studio Mumbai (IND)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts
    Promotor: Prof. Koenraad Van Cleempoel

  • S. Tamer Cavusgil
    Professor, Georgia State University
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Economics
    Promotor: Prof. Piet Pauwels

  • Christine Van Broeckhoven
    Professor, University of Antwerp and VIB
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Piet Stinissen

  • Thomas L. Friedman
    Author, journalist and columnist
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper

5 years of I-BioStat, 15 years of CenStat, 20 years of ICP, 25 years of MA Statistics - 15 November 2013

  • Anastasios Tsiatis
    Full Professor, North Carolina State University
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of I-BioStat

40 years Hasselt University - 27 September 2013

  • Martin Cooper
    Inventor of the mobile phone
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the student council
    Promotor: Joren Janssen, president StuRa (student council)

Dies Natalis 28 May 2013
‘Shaping the future’ - 40 years of Hasselt University

  • Luc Deleu
    Architect
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Architecture and Arts
    Promotor: Rob Cuyvers

  • Henry Chesbrough
    Professor, Haas School of Management – University of California (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Economics
    Promotor: Prof. Wim Vanhaverbeke

  • Lieven Maesschalck
    Physiotherapist
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine and Life Sciences, associate faculty of physiotherapy
    Promotor: Prof. Bert Op ‘t Eijnde

  • Michael Braungart
    Professor, Leuphana University of Lüneburg (GER)
    Honorary doctorate up the recommendation of the Faculty of Engineering Technology
    Promotor: Prof. Marc D’Olieslaeger

  • Heinz Klug
    Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law
    Promotor: Prof. Alexander De Becker

  • Richard Friend
    Professor, University of Cambridge (UK)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Jean Manca

  • Jean-Jacques Cassiman
    Professor
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University / student council
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper


Dies Natalis 30 May 2012
‘Managing the information overload’

  • John G. F. Cleland
    Professor, Academic Unit of Cardiology, University of Hull (UK)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Promotors: Prof. Pieter Vandervoort and Prof. Paul Dendale

  • Silvana Sciarra
    Professor, Universita degli Studi, Firenze (IT)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law
    Promotor: Prof. Annemie Draye

  • Wil van der Aalst
    Professor of information systems, Eindhoven University of Technology (NL)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Economics
    Promotor: Prof. Koen Vanhoof

  • Ramesh Raskar
    Professor of Media Arts and Sciences, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Frank Van Reeth

  • Johny Vansevenant
    Journalist, VRT
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper

 

DiesDies Natalis 30 May 2011
‘Diversity’

  • Mahmoud F. Fathalla
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Promotor: Prof. Piet Stinissen and professor Willem Ombelet
    “For his important contribution to research into the medical, social, cultural and political aspects of reproductive health.”

  • Marc Bossuyt
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Law in formation
    Promotor: Prof. Gunter Maes
    “For his important contribution to the research into the medical, social, cultural and political aspects of reproductive health.”

  • Monder Ram
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Economics
    Promotor: Prof. Patrizia Zanoni
    “For his groundbreaking work on entrepreneurship among ethnic minorities."

  • Bernardo Secchi
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the associate Faculty of Architecture and Interior Architecture
    Promotor: Prof. Oswald Devisch
    “For his work on the European discourse on planning and urban design and especially on the discourse taking place in Flanders.”

  • Ignace Schops
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper
    Co-promotor: Prof. Jaco Vangronsveld
    “For his work in the field of protection of biodiversity in Flanders, and in particular for his contribution to the founding of the National Park Hoge Kempen.”

 

20 years IMO – 19 November 2010

  • Andrew B. Holmes
    Professor of organic and polymer chemistry, University of Melbourne, Australia
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University – imo-imomec
    Promotor: prof. dr. Dirk Vanderzande
    "For his outstanding contribution to the development of new materials and new chemistry toward the synthesis of conjugated polymers"

  • Richard E. Palmer
    Professor of nanophysics, University of Birmingham, Birmingham (UK)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University – imo-imomec
    Promotor: prof. dr. Hans-Gerhard Boyen
    "For his pioneering work in nanoscale physics and his contributions to bridging the gap between nanoscience and nanotechnology"

 

Dies Natalis 28 May 2010
‘Art meets science’

  • Koen Vanmechelen
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Promotor: Prof. Piet Stinissen
    “For his important contribution to the promotion of cooperation and exchange between art and the (biomedical) sciences.”

  • Michael Rowe
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the associate Faculty of Audiovisual and Visual Arts
    Promotor: Prof. Bert Willems
    “For his fundamental artistic research in metalwork, extending the boundaries of traditional silversmithing.”

  • Panamarenko
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper
    Co-promotor: Prof. Freddy Dumortier
    “For the way in which he expresses beauty and poetry in science and technology in his works.”

Dies Natalis 28 May 2009
‘Technology for a sustainable economy’

  • Robert Mendelsohn
    Professor of economics, Yale University (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Business Economics
    Promotor: Prof. Theo Thewys
    “For his fundamental and innovative work in the field of the appreciation of the environment.”

  • Michaël Grätzel
    Professor of physical chemistry, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Dirk Vanderzande
    “For his fundamental and ground breaking work in the field of mesoscopic solar cells.”
  • Susan Trumbore
    Professor of biogeochemistry, University of California, Irvine (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Jan Colpaert
    “For her important contribution to a better understanding of the terrestrial carbon cycle.”

  • Alain Hubert
    Civil engineer, writer and explorer; founder and president of the International Polar Foundation
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper
    “For his overall achievements as an explorer and a scientist who advocates more concern for the environment in economic development, and in particular for his achievements in the realisation of the CO2-neutral Princess Elisabeth-station in Antarctica.”

 

Dies Natalis 28 May 2008

  • Ingrid Daubechies
    Professor of applied mathematics, Princeton University (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Freddy Dumortier
    “For her fundamental and groundbreaking work in the area of wavelet decomposition.”

  • Pieter Jan Lemstra
    Professor of polymer sciences, Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the associate Faculty of Industrial Sciences and Technology
    Promotor: Prof. Roos Peeters
    “For his outstanding scientific career in polymer science, which includes the development of the material Dyneema and the creation of a European research centre, the  Dutch Polymer Institute.”

  • Lawrence Steinman
    Professor of neurology and immunology, Stanford University (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Promotor: Prof. Piet Stinissen
    “For his important contribution to the understanding of the molecular pathogenesis of multiple sclerosis (MS) and the translation of these insights into new therapeutic developments.”

  • Alan Thompson
    Professor of neurology and neuro-rehabilitation, University College London (UK)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the associate Faculty of Physiotherapy
    Promotor: Prof. Eddy Neerincxk
    Co-promotor: Prof. Bert Op ’t Eijnde
    “For his contribution to research into multiple sclerosis (MS) in which he aspires to the highest quality level in the field of scientific research and at the same time remains very concerned with the quality of life of the individual patient.”

  • Baruch Lev
    Professor of accounting and finance, Stern School of Business, New York University (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Applied Economics
    Promotor: Prof. Wim Voordeckers
    Co-promotor: Prof. PhilipVergauwen
    “For his great contribution and the highly innovative nature of his research into earnings management, reporting and ownership structure.”

  • Gerard Unger
    Professor of typographic design, University of Leiden (the Netherlands)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the associate Faculty of Visual Arts
    Promotor: Prof. Aagje Swinnen
    “For his merit as one of the most important type designers and the first professor of typography within our language region.”

  • Shalom Hakkert
    Professor of transportation and geo-information engineering, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa (Israel)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the interfaculty institute for Transportation Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Geert Wets
    “For his important contribution to research intto road safety.”

  • Christopher Alexander
    Professor Emeritus of environmental sciences and architecture, University of California, Berkeley (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the associate Faculty of Architecture and Interior Architecture
    Promotor: Prof. Sylvain De Bleeckere
    Co-promotor: Prof. Hubert Froyen
    “For his lifelong commitment to the development of theory about the built environment, which is both humane and heartfelt, as well as intellectually and scientifically coherent.”

  • Axelle Red
    Engaged artist and citizen of the world
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of Hasselt University
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper
    “For the unique combination of her artistic talent and her commitment to a better world.”

 

Dies Natalis 28 May 2003

  • Polly Matzinger
    Professor of immunology, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Promotor: Prof. Jef Raus
    “For the development of the 'risk model' which has provided new insights into the reason why our immune systems can distinguish 'own' from 'not own' tissue. The 'risk model' has given rise to a new vision of transplantation and tumour immunology and of the mechanisms of auto-immune diseases.”

  • Cees Dekker
    Professor of experimental physics, Eindhoven University of Technology (the Netherlands)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Luc De Schepper
    “For his pioneering work in the emerging domain of molecular electronics and nanotechnology. For his contribution to the understanding of the fundamental properties of carbon nanotubes. For his contribution to demonstrating the feasibility of electronic circuits based on single molecule transistors. For his pioneering work in the domain of bio-electronics and his contribution to the understanding of the fundamental electrical properties of DNA.”

  • Kathleen Eisenhardt
    Professor of strategy and organisation, Stanford University (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Applied Economics
    Promotor: Prof. Wim Vanhaverbeke
    “For her various contributions to the management of constant change. These contributions have given rise to a coherent vision of how companies can proactively adapt to changes in the environment and how an innovation strategy can provide a sustainable competitive advantage.”

  • Frank De Winne
    Civil engineer and astronaut
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Limburg University Centre
    Promotor: Prof. Harry Martens
    “For his exceptional social merit in promoting science and scientific research, in particular through his inpact on children and young people as a result of his space flight and the manner in which he manages to interest this group in the field of science.”

Dies Natalis 28 May 1998

  • Tom Jovin
    Professor of biochemistry, Max-Planck-Institut für Biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen (Germany)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Promotor: Prof. Marcel Ameloot
    “For his innovative contributions to a wide range of spectroscopic techniques and their far-reaching application in cell biology and DNA research.”

  • Yuri Gurevich
    Professor of theoretical computer sciences, University of Michigan (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Jan Van den Bussche
    “For his merits as a trailblazer of the movement for the use of logic techniques in computer science to gain new insights into computer science, and for his great educational talent.”

  • David Montgomery
    Professor of marketing strategy, Stanford University (USA)
    Honorary doctorate on the recommendation of the Faculty of Applied Economics
    Promotor: Prof. Gilbert Swinnen
    “For his outstanding contribution in the field of marketing modelling.”

 

Dies Natalis 28 May 1993

  • Prof. Michael J. Berridge
    Deputy Chief Scientific Officer, Laboratory of Molecular Signalling of te University of Cambridge, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3EJ, United Kingdom
    On the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Heineken Prize for Medicine 1994
    Promotor: Prof. Emmy Van Kerkhove
    “For his fundamental contributions to the study of the signal transduction between neuroendocrine factors and the cellular effects via the inositol / Ca ++ system.”

  • Prof. Sir Harold W. Kroto
    University of Sussex, Brighton, BN1 9QJ, United Kingdom
    On the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1996
    Promotor: Prof. Jean-Pierre François
    “For his adaptation of the methods of synthesis of new molecular species, for his fundamental contributions to the field of microwave spectrometry and astrophysics, as well as for his discovery of dyanopolyines in interstellar space and of the Buckminster Fullerene C60.”

  • Mr Roger Langenaken
    Honorary Director General, ALZ N.V., Industrieterrein Genk-Zuid, Rechteroever, 3600 Genk
    On the recommendation of the Faculty of Applied Economics
    Promotor: Porf. Wim Van Looy
    “For his merits as a dynamic employer in an industrial company that produces stainless steel and that, even through years of adversity, grew into a community of 1,200 employees and for his role in the establishment of related businesses, such as Sikel for galvanization and Electro Coat for hot-dip galvanizing.”

 

Dies Natalis 28 May 1988

  • Prof. Sir David Cox
    Department of Mathematics, Oxford University, United Kingdom
    On the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Paul Embrechts
    “For his particular merit in the field of mathematical statistics, probability theory, the theory of stochastic processes and the fundamental applications of this research”.

  • Prof. Erwin Neher
    Max Planck Institut für biophysikalische Chemie, Göttingen, Germany
    On the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1991
    Promotor: Prof. Paul Steels
    “For his fundamental contribution to the characterisation of ion channels in artificial and biological membranes and original development of electrophysiological measurement methods with a high resolution, which enable the control of electrical, mechanical and secretion processes in biological cells.”

 

Dies Natalis 28 May 1983

  • Prof. H. Mohr
    Albert-Ludwigs-Universität, Freiburg, Germany
    On the recommendation of the Faculty of Sciences
    Promotor: Prof. Marcel Van Poucke
    “For his exceptional merit in the field of photomorphogenesis in plants, the general philosophy of science and the social relevance of the university and science”.

  • Prof. Georges Köhler († March 1995)
    Institüt für Immunologie, Basel, Switzerland
    On the recommendation of the Faculty of Medicine
    Nobel Prize for Medicine 1984
    Promotor: Prof. Jef Raus
    “For his special merit in working on the development of the field of monoclonal bodies”.