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Honorary Degrees For Distinguished Churchman and for ‘Robot Wars’ Scientist

3rd July 2006

Two honorary degrees will be awarded at today’s afternoon ceremony:

The Rev Dr John W Morrow was born in 1931 on a farm near Belfast. His early agricultural experience later led him to study Agricultural Science at Queen's University.

He later studied theology in Belfast and Edinburgh, and was a member of the Iona Community in Scotland from 1958-71.

He has served in parish ministry in Northern Ireland and Edinburgh, and was a university chaplain in Glasgow, Dublin and Belfast.

A founder member of the Corrymeela Community in 1965, he was leader of that Community from 1979-93. After this he lectured in the Irish School of Ecumenics until 2002.

Rev Morrow will receive the degree of Doctor of Letters (DLitt) in recognition of his distinction in the promotion of inter-faith understanding.

Professor Noel Sharkey is a world leader in the field of artificial intelligence and robotics. Currently working in the Department of Computer Science at Sheffield University, he is also an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow, and has held  many prestigious research posts in the UK and the USA.

He  has published  extensively in his field, and  serves as Editor in Chief of professional journals including Connection Science and Artificial Intelligence Review. He is also one of the UK’s leading science communicators, and has been chief judge for the popular television science series Robot Wars

Professor Sharkey will receive the degree of Doctor of Science (DSc) in recognition of his distinction as a computer scientist and his promotion of the popular understanding of science.

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