The University of Cambridge has today submitted the names of eight distinguished individuals to the Regent House for approval for the conferment of honorary degrees at a Congregation in the Senate House on Thursday 23 June 2011.

The eight persons nominated are.

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).

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