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Former President honoured with Bill Gates and 'basketball legend'

Last Updated on Saturday, 16 June 2007 23:41
Published on Friday, 08 June 2007 00:00
Professor Jocelyn Bell Burnell was one of 9 people, and the only foreigner, to receive an honorary doctorate from Harvard University on June 7.  Professor Bell Burnell, President of the RAS between 2002-2004, in accepting the award said, "I hope that my presence as a senior woman in science will encourage more women to consider a career in science."

With her , also receiving honorary doctorates, were the Chairman of Microsoft, Bill Gates; William 'Bill' Russell, the first black superstar of basketball and Lawrence Summers, Harvard’s president until 2006, and  U.S. Treasury Secretary under President Clinton.

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