Dr David Thomas among those to receive Honorary Degree on 16 December

Posted on: 14 December 2005

Dr. David Thomas, Director of the College Health Service, is among the five recipients who will be conferred with an Honorary degree on Friday 16 December.

College medical officer for some three decades and now about to retire, Dr Thomas has been chief architect of the student health services as they now exist, and a caring physician for both staff and many generations of students.   He has served widely on hospital boards and on related professional bodies.

The other individuals to be honoured are:

Michael Adams: The most active and most influential of Irish academic publishers, he is founder of the Four Courts Press which has now become the principal Irish imprint for scholarship in the humanities, producing some sixty titles a year.

Jostein Gaarder:  Norwegian author and teacher of philosophy and theology, he has achieved world renown with Sophie’s World, a novel that has succeeded more than any primer in opening up western philosophical thought to the general reader.

Jane Roberts: Professor Emerita of Old English at King’s College London and a graduate of this university, she is a trail-blazer in the field of Anglo-Saxon studies and a leading scholar on the origins of the English language.

Wilson Sibbett: Professor of Natural Philosophy in the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St. Andrews and Chief Advisor on Science to the Scottish Executive,  he is a world leader in pulse-laser science and technology.