The Waaier building at the UT filled up with talent today, as the University of Twente celebrated its 55th Dies Natalis. This ceremony included many memorable moments: the appointment of the UT’s new rector Thom Palstra, the award of four honorary doctorates, prestigious scientific prizes and a special honor for Ed Brinksma.
The University of Twente will award four honorary doctorates at tomorrow’s Dies Natalis. The doctorates will go to former politician Neelie Kroes, MIT professor Hugh Herr, expert on microscope technology Christoph Gerber and statistician Edward Tufte. All of these soon-to-be honorary doctors are presenting inspirational lectures today at the UT.
The New York Times has called him ‘the Leonardo da Vinci of data’. His real name is Edward Tufte, statistician, artist and one of the four people who will be awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Twente tomorrow. However, the American emeritus professor at Yale believes firmly that it is not his name that matters but his ideas: ‘Ideas are universal, people are local.’
Hugh Herr (52), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Professor of Bionics, does not just design any technology. ‘These bionics enhance people's physical possibilities, whether they suffer a disability or not,’ he explains. Professor Herr is an American who lost both lower legs, and now wears self-designed bionic limbs. The Professor has been awarded an honorary doctorate by UT for his pioneering innovations.