Law

Johan Gernandt is a Swedish lawyer with a long and distinguished career as practising commercial and arbitration lawyer with an international profile. He is the Chair of the Board of the Stockholm Centre for Commercial Law (SCCL) and he holds a number of other important positions, member of the International Dispute Resolution Specialist Group and is also on the panel of arbitrators at several prominent arbitration institutes. Through his commitment and activities, as well as through his international position and network, Gernandt has promoted the international profile, research activities and education in commercial and arbitration law at the Faculty of Law. 

Humanities

Göran Elgemyr is not only one of Sweden’s leading historians of radio, he is also an eminent researcher within journalism and contemporary political history. His research focus on the development of radio in Sweden from its early years in the 1920s, and he was part of the large interdisciplinary research project “The History of Swedish Broadcast Media”. As a journalist working for Swedish Radio, Elgemyr signed a wide range of programmes to his name. Furthermore, he lectured for more than 10 years on radio history in general and freedom of speech in particular at the Department of Media Studies and within the Swedish Radio Corporation. Elgemyr has also been affiliated with the Department of History.

Social Sciences

Margaret-Ellen Pipe, Professor and Head of the Department of Psychology at Brooklyn College of The City University of New York, USA, is an internationally renowned researcher in the area of child development. She has made especially important contributions to our understanding of memory development, and of how to elicit testimonies that are as accurate as possible from children and adolescents. Pipe is affiliated with the Department of Child and Youth Studies and will remain an active participant in the research program on “Children and youth in vulnerable life situations”.

William E. Doolittle is Erich W. Zimmermann Regents Professor in Geography at the University of Texas at Austin, USA. He has, based on his research on pre-Columbian agrarian landscapes in Mexico and the American Southwest, contributed theoretically to the historical study of agrarian landscapes. His book “Cultivated Landscapes of Native North America” has fundamentally changed the view of what North America looked like before European colonization. Doolittle has actively cooperated with the FarmLandS research group at the Department of Human Geography.

Natural Science

Jonathan M. Harbor is a Professor at Purdue University, USA. He is a leading researcher in physical geography and an innovator in education and academic leadership. His collaborations with Stockholm University have produced joint publications, combined graduate and post-doctoral student mentoring, and joint field and online teaching.  As a Marie-Curie Fellow he helped invigorate Stockholm University alumni relations programs and launched a pilot program connecting PhD students with local teachers and children.

Heinz Langer, Prof. Em. at Vienna University of Technology, Austria, is a world leading expert in spectral theory, a branch of modern mathematical analysis with applications in many fields, where he has moved boundaries and opened new areas of research. Langer was educated and worked as professor at the Technical University Dresden (then GDR) before moving to Vienna University of Technology.

 

Raymond Pierrehumbert is Halley Professor in Physics at Oxford University, UK, and a holder of King Carl XVI Gustaf’s visiting Chair in Environmental Science at Stockholm University. Pierrehumbert is a world leading climate scientist with an unusually broad field of interests, and has studied the climate on Earth as well as on other planets, and is a leading authority on the carbon cycle in the climate system. Since a sabbatical 1987/88 he is a frequent and welcome guest at Stockholm University.

Sandra L. Schmid is Professor and Chairman of Cell Biology at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, USA. Schmid is being honored for her contributions to understanding clathrin-mediated endocytosis (CME), a fundamental process controlling the expression of proteins at the surface of eukaryotic cells. She is a leader in the scientific community and has served as the President of the American Society for Cell Biology. Schmid has received numerous awards, and notably, she is the first recipient of both the Junior and Senior Women in Cell Biology Career Recognition Awards presented by the American Society of Cell Biology.

Conferment ceremony on 25 September 2015

The new honorary doctorates are conferred at the University’s installation and conferment ceremony on 25 September 2015. For questions about the ceremony, contact Anne Heikkinen Sandberg at the Inauguration of New Professors and Conferment of Doctor's Degrees, Stockholm University, cell +46 (0)70-444 57 67, phone +46 (0)8 16 47 16, email doktorspromotion@su.se

An honorary doctorate is an expression of the University's appreciation of outstanding contributions in one or more of the University's areas of academic activity. The awarded honorary doctor should be affiliated with Stockholm University or have contributed to the University's activities in some way.