Reporter 429, 18 January 1999


Honorary degrees for famous four

Distinguished figures from the worlds of broadcasting, music, politics and science are to be awarded honorary degrees by the University.

Jeremy Paxman began his television career reporting from Northern Ireland in 1974 and is fiercely proud of his Yorkshire roots being recently quoted as saying, "Imagine coming from Middlesex - what a terrible, terrible thing to have to live with."

The Home Secretary, the Rt Hon Jack Straw MP, is to be awarded a second degree by the University - over three decades after graduating with a LLB. He was president of the University Union in 1967-8.

The internationally-acclaimed pianist Murray Perahia came to prominence after winning the 1972 Leeds International Piano Competition. Dr John Walker has carried out research in some of the world's leading institutes and was awarded the (shared) Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1997 for his work with ATPase - an enzyme essential for life.

The degrees will be conferred in July.

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