The University recognised Bill as an exceptional communicator known for his ability to captivate readers on a range of cultural and travel subjects as well as science. His book A Short History of Nearly Everything which explores the history of science, exposing its often humble and humorous beginnings, has been a longstanding favourite among the University’s bioscience students.
Alongside Bill, the University praised the achievements of other Honorary Doctorates who received the title this year including:
- Roland Rudd, leading PR executive, founding Chairman of Business for New Europe, and founder of Finsbury, a leading financial, regulatory and political communications agency
- Baroness Hayter, Shadow Spokesperson for Business and Innovation and the Cabinet Office, as well as Opposition Whip in the House of Lords. She is also currently a Visiting Professor at the University
- Lord (Chris) Smith, British politician, former MP and Cabinet Minister, who was Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, 1997-2001, and has been Chair of the Environment Agency since 2008
Professor Geoffrey Petts, Vice Chancellor of the University, said: “It is with great pride that we award such a distinguished group of Honorary Doctorates this year in celebration of their accomplishments and successes. These Honorary Doctorates highlight each individual as a beacon of inspiration for our students and what they can achieve in their future endeavours.”