The 2014 Honorary Degrees were awarded on 18 June. The following Graduands were admitted:

Doctor of Law

Justice Albie Sachs

Lawyer, academic, and campaigner for human rights, a Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, 1994–2009, recipient of the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation Annual Award 2012

Doctor of Science

Dr Catherine Cesarsky

Astronomer, Chief Scientific Adviser at the Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) and formerly Director General of the European Southern Observatory and President of the International Astronomical Union

Dr Yusuf Hamied

Pharmaceutical chemist and philanthropist, Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College, Chairman of Cipla Limited, recipient of the Padma Bhushan

Professor Dan McKenzie

Geophysicist, Fellow of King’s College and Royal Society Professor of Earth Sciences Emeritus, recipient of the Copley Medal of the Royal Society

Professor The Lord Rees

Cosmologist and astrophysicist, Fellow and formerly Master of Trinity College, Honorary Fellow of King’s, Jesus, and Darwin Colleges, Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics Emeritus, Astronomer Royal and former President of the Royal Society

Doctor of Letters

Sir Ian McKellen

Actor and director, Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College, recipient of numerous theatrical awards

Doctor of Music

Dame Mitsuko Uchida

Pianist, Artistic Director of the Marlboro Music School and Festival, recipient of the Gold Medal of the Royal Philharmonic Society


  • Professor Daniel Kahneman, Eugene Higgins Professor of Psychology Emeritus, Professor of Psychology and Public Affairs Emeritus and Senior Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2002 (Doctor of Science)
  • Professor Joseph Stiglitz (Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius College and of Fitzwilliam College), University Professor in Finance and Economics, Columbia University, Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences 2001 (Doctor of Science)
  • Dr Harold Varmus, Director of The National Cancer Institute, United States of America, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1989, and Rede Lecturer 2011 (Doctor of Science)
  • Professor Ada Yonath, Martin S. and Helen Kimmel Professor of Structural Biology and Director of the Helen and Milton A. Kimmelman Center for Biomolecular Structure and Assembly at the Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel, and Nobel Laureate in Chemistry 2009 (Doctor of Science)
  • Sir John Elliott, Regius (Honorary Fellow of Trinity College), Professor of Modern History (now History) Emeritus, University of Oxford, Balzan Prizewinner 1999, and formerly University Lecturer in History (Doctor of Letters)
  • Ms Hilary Mantel, Author and Man Booker Prizewinner 2009 and 2012 (Doctor of Letters)
  • Professor Jonathan Spence (Honorary Fellow of Clare College), Sterling Professor of History Emeritus, Yale University, Reith Lecturer 2008, Jefferson Lecturer 2010 (Doctor of Letters)
  • Mr Mario Vargas Llosa, (Honorary Fellow of Churchill College,) Writer, Nobel Laureate in Literature 2010,  and formerly Simón Bolívar Professor in Latin American Studies (Doctor of Letters)


  • The Lord Judge of Draycote (Honorary Fellow of Magdalene College), Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales (Doctor of Law)
  • Dr Brigitte Askonas (Honorary Fellow of Girton and Murray Edwards Colleges), immunologist (Doctor of Science)
  • Professor Uta Frith (Honorary Fellow of Newnham College), developmental psychologist (Doctor of Science)
  • Professor Sir Richard Gardner (Honorary Fellow of St Catharine’s College), physiologist (Doctor of Science)
  • Professor Peter Higgs, theoretical physicist (Doctor of Science)
  • Professor Roger Tsien (Honorary Fellow of Gonville and Caius and Churchill Colleges), Nobel Laureate in Chemistry (Doctor of Science)
  • Professor Phillip King (Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College), sculptor (Doctor of Letters)
  • Mr Alfred Brendel, pianist (Doctor of Music)


  • Mrs Anita Lasker Wallfisch, a cellist and a co-founder of the English Chamber Orchestra, who is a survivor of and writer on the Holocaust and a visiting lecturer in the Faculty of Divinity. (Doctor of Divinity)
  • Dr Shirin Ebadi, Nobel Peace Prize-winner, a lawyer and judge who was formerly President of the Tehran City Court and a Lecturer in Law at the University of Tehran. (Doctor of Law)
  • Sir Martin Evans, Nobel Prizewinner in Medicine, Professor of Mammalian Genetics and Director of the Cardiff School of Biosciences at the University of Cardiff and an Honorary Fellow of Christ’s College and of St Edmund’s College. (Doctor of Law, because Sir Martin already holds the Doctor of Science Degree at Cambridge)
  • Dame Alison Richard, an anthropologist and former Vice-Chancellor of the University, Honorary Fellow of Newnham College, of Wolfson College, and of Lucy Cavendish College. (Doctor of Law)
  • Dr Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering and Emerita Institute Professor at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology. (Doctor of Science)
  • Sir Peter Mansfield, Nobel Prizewinner in Physiology or Medicine, a medical physicist and developer of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). Emeritus Professor of Physics in the University of Nottingham and an Honorary Fellow of Hughes Hall (Doctor of Science)
  • Sir Trevor Nunn, theatre director, Director Emeritus of the Royal Shakespeare Company, formerly Artistic Director of the Royal National Theatre and an Honorary Fellow of Downing College. (Doctor of Letters)
  • Sir Colin Davis, conductor, who was formerly Musical Director of the Royal Opera House and is President and formerly Principal Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra. (Doctor of Music).


  • George John Mitchell, lawyer, formerly a United States Senator, sometime Chairman of the International Body on Arms Decommissioning in Northern Ireland and Chairman of the Northern Ireland Peace Talks, United States Special Envoy for Middle East Peace (Doctor of Law);
  • Ratan Naval Tata, Chairman of the Tata Group of Companies (Doctor of Law);
  • Dame Louise Napier Johnson, David Phillips Professor of Molecular Biophysics Emerita in the University of Oxford (Doctor of Science);
  • Sir Andrew John Wiles, Honorary Fellow of Clare College, James S McDonnell Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University (Doctor of Science);
  • Geoffrey William Hill, Honorary Fellow of Emmanuel College, poet and critic, University Professor and Professor of Literature and Religion Emeritus, Boston University (Doctor of Letters);
  • Richard Sennett, Visiting Fellow-Commoner of Trinity College, University Professor of the Humanities, New York University, Professor of Sociology and Academic Governor, the London School of Economics and Political Science (Doctor of Letters);
  • Sir Harrison Birtwistle, composer, Henry Purcell Professor of Composition Emeritus, King’s College, University of London (Doctor of Music);
  • Dame Evelyn Elizabeth Ann Glennie, percussionist (Doctor of Music).