Isabel Allende, Philippe Herreweghe, Paul Nurse and David Freedberg receive honorary doctorate

(20-03-2017) During the Dies Natalis ceremony on 24 March 2017, Ghent University conferred an institutional honorary doctorate on Isabel Allende, Philippe Herreweghe, Paul Nurse and David Freedberg.

The honorary doctorate is a recognition of their social and/or scientific merit. This year, Dies Natalis is one of the main events of '200 years Ghent University'. Social commitment is an essential theme in this anniversary year.

After the ceremony, there was a concert in the Opera of Ghent, including the premiere of the university hymn, composed by Dirk Brossé.

The laureates have diverse backgrounds:

  • Isabel Allende. The Chilean author had a great impact on society through her literature.
  • Philippe Herreweghe. The conductor made an valuable contribution to music, which is internationally recognized. He committed himself to the world famous ensemble 'Collegium Vocale'.
  • Paul Nurse. The British biochemist and Nobel Prize winner made an important contribution to cell division research, which is very important in the fight against cancer.
  • David Freedberg. The art historian and director of the Warburg Institute  described new boundaries of thinking in various scientific areas, allowing new ways of research.


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