Eleanor Sharpston, Advocate General at the Court of Justice of the European Union from 2006. Born in 1955 and studied economics, languages and law at King's College, Cambridge. Former researcher at Oxford University, lecturer in EC and comparative law (Director of European Legal Studies) at University College London, University of Cambridge and University of Oxford. She served as legal secretary for Advocate General, subsequently Judge, Sir Gordon Slynn. She is a barrister and has worked several high profile cases. She has published several noteworthy monographs and articles in the area of EU law.


Elaine Aston, professor at the Lancaster University, UK, is today one of the leading scholars in theatre studies, in particular concerning feminist studies of drama, authors and actresses. She has published numerous books on these issues, initiated working groups, and she is deeply engaged in the publication of international journals. At Stockholm University Elaine Aston has held lectures and seminars, discussed PhD-projects with doctoral students and given workshops on international publishing. She has returned to Stockholm many times in order to participate in international symposia and local events.

Patricia K. Kuhl is professor in Speech and Hearing at University of Washington. She published seminal experimental work in the 1970-ies revealing striking similarities in the categorization of speech sounds by humans and non-human mammals. In her quest for fundamental properties underlying the perception of speech sounds she engaged in empirical basic research on biological and interactional factors underlying the early development of speech perception in typical and atypical human infants. She is head of the Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences and the NSF Science of Learning Center (LIFE), at University of Washington.

Francois Recanati, French philosopher, is world leading in the philosophy of language and the philosophy of mind. He is professor at CNRS (Centre national de la recherche scientifique) and at EHESS (École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales), Francois Recanati is most known for his studies of the relation between semantics and pragmatics, i.e. between linguistic meaning and the content that is added by speakers in communication. Through Recanati, Stockholm and Paris have had close philosophical contacts and extensive cooperation during many years.

Social Sciences

Sandra Wallman is Emeritus Professor at University College London and received her PhD in social anthropology at London School of Economics in 1965. She is a leading, very productive social anthropologist in urban ethnicity studies, and has also engaged in extensive research on rural development. Among her important books is also Contemporary Futures (ed., 1992), a pioneer work on anthropological future perspectives. Wallman has been based at London School of Economics, University of Toronto, University of Hull, University College London and at  the Ethnic Relations Research Unit of the Social Science Research Council, UK. Her field studies have been in Southern and Eastern Africa (for one period focusing on AIDS issues), Britain (primarily London) and the Italian Alps. These studies have also included development of new field methodology. 

Marie-Laure Djelic, professor in management at ESSEC Business School in Paris, has over a number of years collaborated with researchers at Score (Stockholm Centre for Organizational Research). She has a multidisciplinary research approach, as a professor in management, PhD in sociology and an economic historical research profile. Marie-Laure Djelic is an internationally leading scholar in institutional organization theory and has contributed and is actively contributing to research at Score, and other related research centres in the Stockholm region. She is a very good ambassador for Stockholm, Stockholm University, Score and the Scandinavian research tradition in organization theory she is closely linked to.

Natural Science

Maria João Ramos is Professor at the University of Porto, Portugal. Her prominent scientific research is well known in the field of computational enzymatic catalysis, computational mutagenesis, molecular docking and drug discovery, all aiming at a better understanding of the functions and applications of enzymes. She has been awarded a number of prizes for her work.



Lynne B. McCusker, groupleader at the Laboratory of Crystallography, ETH Zurich, is an internationally recognized expert in crystallography, especially in method development for structure determination from powder diffraction data. Together with her colleague Christian Bärlocher, she has developed several important methods for solving complex structures from polycrystalline materials. These methods are widely used by academia and industry including MMK, ExxonMobil and Chevron, and have contributed to the discovery of many important structures. McCusker has made important contributions to MMK through scientific collaboration. She has been a member of the Scientific Advisory Board for the Berzelii Center EXSELENT on Porous Materials, SU since 2007.

Walter Neupert, is a Max Planck Fellow at Max-Planck-Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried/Munich. He is a world leading scientist in the field of intracellular protein traffic and especially interested in the biogenesis of mitochondria, the power plants of our cells. His research is interdisciplinary and spans over biochemistry, cell biology and medicine. His many scientific contributions led to a deep understanding of the processes by which mitochondria are assembled.

Thomas Rossby, professor at the Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, USA, is a physical oceanographer of great international repute who has collaborated with the Department of Meteorology for many years. The research collaboration has dealt with the circulation in the North Atlantic, a process of great importance for the Scandinavian climate. Thomas Rossby has furthermore played an important role for the education of doctoral students in the department by having lectured courses as well as having supervised doctoral students.


Conferment ceremony on 26 September 2014

The new honorary doctorates are conferred at the University’s installation and conferment ceremony on 26 September 2014. For questions about the ceremony, contact Inga Horndahl, Head of the Conference Services, Stockholm University, cell +46 (0)70 567 97 80, tel +46 (0)8 16 2280, email

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.