Honorary Doctorates

Honorary Doctorates

The University of Twente believes in the importance of paying tribute to people who have carried out work of exceptional scientific or social merit. A special way to show our appreciation for these leading lights is by means of an honorary doctorate. This is a doctoral degree conferred on individuals who have shown an exceptional achievement in the world of science or in society at large, without having written a thesis on their work. It is an exceptional honour which makes leading scientists and entrepreneurs lifetime ambassadors for the University of Twente.

Honorary doctors during the awards

These honorary degrees are awarded as part of the university’s Dies Natalis celebrations. A recipient of the doctorate may then use the title doctor honoris causa and put the letters Dr.h.c. in front of his or her name. Honorary supervisors designated by the faculty or school are also in attendance at the award ceremony.

The following exceptional individuals have been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Twente:

  • mr. Henri Termeer MBA 25 november 2011
  • dhr. Jamie Hyneman (samen met dhr. Adam Savage) 25 november 2011
  • prof.dr. Wolfgang Knoll 25 november 2011
  • mw. prof.dr. Helga Nowotny Ph.D. 25 november 2011
  • dhr. Adam Savage (samen met dhr. Jamie Hyneman) 25 november 2011
  • mw.prof. Ora Kedem 30 november 2007
  • dr. Gerard Holzmann 1 december 2006
  • mw.prof.dr. Sheila Sen Jasanoff 1 december 2006
  • prof.dr. Sung Wan Kim 1 december 2006
  • prof.dr. James Fraser Stoddart 1 december 2006
  • prof. Anthony Giddens 29 november 2002
  • prof.dr. George Whitesides 30 november 2001
  • dr. Vinton Cerf 30 november 2001
  • prof.dr. Manuel Castells 30 november 2001
  • prof. Hiroyuki Yoshikawa 29 november 1996
  • mr.drs. Marten Oosting 29 november 1996
  • prof.dr. Jean-Marie Lehn 29 november 1991

The following honorary doctors are deceased:

  • prof. R.M. Needham 29 november 1996
  • dr.J.A.P.G. Boot 29 november 1996
  • prof.dr. H.I. Ansoff 29 november 1991
  • prof.dr. A.D. de Groot 29 november 1991
  • prof. W.J. Kolff M.D., Ph.D. 28 november 1986
  • prof.dr. A.J. Staverman 28 november 1986
  • prof.mr.dr. B.V.A. Röling 27 november 1981
  • prof. F.J. Zuiderweg 27 november 1981
  • dr. H. Reinoud 27 november 1981

Honorary doctors