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Dr Brian Ford
Dr Brian Ford
Simon Murray
Simon Murray
Jacqueline Wilson
Jacqueline Wilson

Press Release - 06 December 2005

Degree ceremonies begin at Assembly Rooms

The University of Bath awards degrees to around 900 students at three ceremonies at the Assembly Rooms today. Three honorary degrees will also be awarded.

Students from the departments of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, the School of Management, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Biology & Biochemistry, Chemistry, Education, Psychology, Computer Science, Mathematical Sciences, Pharmacy & Pharmacology, Physics and the School for Health will receive their degrees at the ceremonies at 10-30am, 2-30pm and 5pm.

The three honorary graduates are:

• Dr Brian Ford, OBE, founder and Director of the Numerical Algorithms Group. NAG was founded in 1970 as a collaborative venture combining the talents of many globally renowned mathematicians. In 1971 NAG developed the first mathematical software library, which, over the next three decades, evolved to become what is today the largest commercially available collection of high quality mathematical and statistical algorithms. Dr Ford will receive the degree of Doctor of Science.

• Simon Murray, CBE, who fought in the French Foreign Legion in the Algerian war in the 1960s, before joining Jardine Matheson in Hong Kong, becoming Managing Director of its engineering business. He left in 1980 to establish his own successful company, Davenham Investments, before becoming Managing Director of Hutchison Whampoa, which made the largest corporate acquisition in Hong Kong’s history, of H K Electric. Mr Murray pioneered mobile phones in Hong Kong and developed in the UK the mobile phone system now know as Orange. Later he became Executive Chairman of Deutsche Bank’s Asia Pacific operation and founded Simon Murray & Associates. He has made significant contributions to charities, and in 2004 became the oldest man to have walked unsupported to the South Pole, at 63. He will receive the degree of Doctor of Laws.

• Jacqueline Wilson, the creator of the Tracy Beaker character, who will receive the award of Doctor of Letters. Ms Wilson has been on many shortlists for literary prizes, and won awards including the Smarties Prize, the Children’s Book Award and the Guardian Children’s Fiction Award. Her most famous works feature Tracy Beaker, a child who lives in a residential home and in foster care.

Two more graduation ceremonies will take place tomorrow, with around 600 students graduating. The other honorary graduates will be Sir Stuart Lipton and Sir David Watson.


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