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Honorary Graduates

The Honorary Degrees Search Committee is now seeking to identify potential nominees for award in 2017

 

Politics

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History makers

Two of politics' most recognised leaders, Sir Winston Churchill and President Bill Clinton, have been honoured.

Churchill accepted his honorary degree in 1926 and Clinton in 2001.

Mary Robinson

Closer to home

Two Irish Presidents have been honoured.

Mary Robinson in 1995 and Mary McAleese, the first female Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Queen’s, in 1998.

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Honorary Graduates

Northern Ireland Peace Process

There have been honorary degrees for key figures in the Peace Process, including Senator George Mitchell, Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern, David Trimble, John Hume, Seamus Mallon and Mo Mowlam, the late Secretary of State.

Literature

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Honoured in 1970

Iris Murdoch

Ranked twelfth on a list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945" (The Times, 2008)

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Honoured in 1998

Maeve Binchy

Irish novelist who featured on The New York Times best-seller list.

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Honoured in 1999

Edna O’Brien

Irish writer and winner of the Irish PEN award in 2001.

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Honoured in 2013

Hilary Mantel

English writer and first female to win the Booker Prize twice.

The Arts

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Honoured in 1922

WB Yeats

One of the foremost figures of 20th-century literature and winner of a Nobel Prize for literature.

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Honoured in 1982

Seamus Heaney

One of the most recongisable poets in the world, Heaney won a Nobel Prize in 1995.

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Honoured in 1992

Brian Friel

In 2008 the university established the Brian Friel Theatre and Research Centre.

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Honoured in 2005

Lord Melvyn Bragg

British broadcaster, author and parliamentarian

Modern medicine and science

Sir Allen McClay

The pharmaceutical entrepreneur and philanthropist Sir Allen McClay was honoured in 1995

He died in 2010 but his memory lives on in the award-winning McClay Library.

Alexander Fleming

Medical pioneers

Including Sir Alexander Fleming (1946), and Professor Frank Pantridge (2001) have received honorary degrees

Pantridge transformed emergency medicine with the invention of the portable defibrillator which is saving lives all over the world.

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Dame Jocelyn Bell Burnell

The Northern Ireland-born astrophysicist was honoured in 2002.

She became the first person to observe and analyse radio pulsars.

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