Honorary Degrees to Author Amos Oz, Former Intel CEO, Craig Barrett; Founder of Irish Hospice Foundation Mary RedmondThe candidates were conferred with the honorary degrees after Trinity’s graduating PhD students of the Summer Commencements.

30 June 2014

The distinguished author, Amos Oz, Former Intel CEO, Craig Barrett and Lawyer and Founder of Irish Hospice Foundation Mary Redmond were conferred with Honorary Degrees at Trinity College Dublin on June 27th, 2014.

Pictured on the occasion of the conferring were (top row L-R): Atsuo Fukuda, former professor of Organic Materials Physics, Tokyo Institute of Technology; Craig Barrett, former Associate Professor of Materials Science, Stanford University and former CEO of Intel; leading lawyer and founder of Irish Hospice Foundation Mary Redmond; (bottom row, L-R): Renowned author Amos Oz; Chancellor of the University, Mary Robinson; Trinity Provost, Dr Patrick Prendergast        

Amos Oz, Professor of Hebrew Literature at the Ben Gurion University of the Negev in Beer Sheva will be conferred with a Doctor in Letters (Litt.D). He is the author of 35 books as well as  collections of stories, novellas and books of articles and essays. Since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war Amos Oz has published numerous articles and essays about the Arab-Israeli conflict, campaigning for an Israeli-Palestinian compromise. As one of the leading figures in the Israeli Peace movement since 1967, his articles, essays and political activities have made him a foremost figure in Israel and around the world. The recipient of numerous awards for both his literature and for his peace activism, his autobiographical novel "A Tale of Love and Darkness" is an international bestseller and has been honoured with 10 prizes around the world.

Craig Barrett former Associate Professor of Materials Science at Stanford University will be conferred with a Doctor in Science (Sc.D). He was CEO of Intel Corporation from 1998-2005, and chairman until 2009. Dr Barrett is one of the leading commentators on the importance of education in society and for sustained economic success. He previously served as Chairman of the United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development. Dr Barrett was part of the Government’s Farmleigh Initiative and is Honorary Chairman of the Irish Technology Leadership Group.

Mary Redmond, one of the leading lawyers in Irish Employment Law will be conferred with a Doctor in Laws (LL.D). Her publication on employment law was the bible for fellow lawyers and practitioners for many years. She subsequently became known for her social entrepreneurship. In 1985 she set up the Irish Hospice Foundation which established the modern hospice movement in Ireland and is now the leader of the voluntary sector in hospice care. In 1999 she established the Wheel, a support and representative body connecting community and voluntary organisations and charities across Ireland which has evolved to become a resource centre and forum for the community and voluntary sector.

Atsuo Fukuda, formerly Professor  of Organic Materials Physics in the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Professor Fukuda, will be conferred with a Doctor in Science (Sc.D).  With more than 300 research papers to his name, he is one of the most distinguished leaders internationally in the field of Organic Materials, in particular, ferroelectric and antiferroelectric liquid crystals. He has won a number of professional awards and from 1996 to 2000 he was President of the prestigious International Liquid Crystal Society. His fundamental discoveries have had an enormous impact on the new generation of displays and in electro-optic and spatial light modulators in information and communication engineering. Professor Fukuda was a Science Foundation Ireland  Walton Professor from 2002-04 and since 2004, as a Trinity Visiting Professor, he has published 30 papers in high impact research Journals jointly with researchers in Trinity.

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