Honorary degrees awarded

All honorary graduates

The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.

Doctor's degrees

Architecture | Commerce | Economic Sciences | Education | Fine Art | Laws | Literature | Medicine | Music | Philosophy | Science | Science in Engineering | Science in Medicine | Social Science

Master's degrees

Arts | Arts in Architecture | Business Administration | City Planning and Urban Design | Education | Fine Art | Music | Science | Science in Medicine | Social Science

Doctor of Architecture

2001 Revel Albert Ellis Fox
1998 Julian Arnold Elliott

          

Doctor of Commerce                                        

2001 Raymond Ackerman
2001 Wiseman Lumkile Nkuhlu

 

Doctor of Economic Sciences                                                                                                                                                                  

2015 Dr Johannes De Villiers Graaff
2013 Allan Gray
2010 Tito Mboweni
David Lewis
2006 Amartya Kumar Sen
2004 Christopher Louis Sunter
2000 John Davan, Lord Sainsbury
1997 Michael John Levett
1996 William Gordon Bowen
1993 Sheila Terreblanche van der Horst
1989 Leonard George Abrahamse
1986 Samuel Mokgethi Motsuenyane
1983 Richard Samuel Sonnenberg

 

Doctor of Education                                                                                                                 

2018 Brian Percival O’Connell
2011 Stella Petersen
2010 Victor Ritchie
2009 Richard Dudley
1997 Franklin Abraham Sonn
1994 Nomvula Mtetwa
1984 Alan Jay Pifer

 

Doctor of Fine Art                                                       

2016 El Anatsui
2012 Marlene Dumas
2001 David Goldblatt

 

Doctor of Laws                                                                                                                                                                                          

2018 Jennifer Yvonne Mokgoro
2017 Abdurrazak 'Zackie' Achmat
2015 Professor Kenneth Reid
2015 Ahmed Kathrada
2015 Thuli Madonsela
2015 Dikgang Moseneke
2014 William Daniel Carmichael
2012 Nicholas Haysom
2010 Judge Navi Pillay
2010 Baroness Lynda Chalker
2008 Advocate George Bizos
2008 Claire Palley
2007 Lord Steyn (Johan van Zijl Steyn)
2007 Aung San Suu Kyi
2007 Aung San Suu Kyi
2007 Pravin Gordhan
2007 Johan van Zijl Steyn
2006 Dennis Martin Davis
2006 Sir Bob AlexanderHepple
2006 Albert Louis Sachs
2006 Rheinhard Zimmermann
2004 Cheryl Ann Carolus
2004 Catherine Mary Elizabeth O'Regan
2003 Johannes Jacobus Fagan
2002 Kofi Annan
2002 Wallace Amos Mgoqi
2001 Pius Nkonzo Langa
2000 Jeffrey Jowell
2000 Nomaindia Mfeketo
1999 Ismail Mahomed
1998 Salim Ahmed Salim
1997 Colin Wells Eglin
1997 Frene Noshur Ginwala
1997 Matamela Cyril Ramaphosa
1996 Christopher John Robert Dugard
1996 Gerald Gordon
1994 Robert Feenstra
1994 Harold Jack Simons
1993 Richard Joseph Goldstone
1993 The Most Rev Desmond Mpilo Tutu
1991 Sheena Duncan
1990 Réne Marquard de Villiers
1990 John Mowbray Didcott
1990 Anthony Maurice Honoré
1990 Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela
1989 The Rt Rev Mmntlanyane Stanley Mogoba
1988 Hans Wilhelm Middelmann
1987 Sir Sydney Woolf Kentridge
1986 Helen Suzman
1985 Jan Hendrik Steyn
1983 Erwin Spiro
1982 Michael McGregor Corbett
1981 Paul van Warmelo
1979 Mangosuthu Gatsha Buthelezi
1979 Ellison Kahn
1979 Anthony Edward Rupert
1979 Richard Ernest van der Ross
1977 Guerino Renzo Bozzoli
1977 David Pieter de Villiers
1977 William Harold Hutt
1976 Marius Anné Diemont
1975 Pieter Voltelyn Graham van der Byl
1975 Abraham Johannes van der Merwe
1974 Albertonie Herman Broeksma
1974 Marie Lydia Grant
1974 Newton Ogilvie Thompson
1973 Jacobus Petrus Duminy
1971 Joyce Thompson
1969 Stephen Henry Stackpole
1968 Clive Sinclair Corder
1968 Johannes Christiaan de Wet
1968 Sarel François Oosthuizen
1968 Sir Arnold Plant
1968 Francois Charles Robb
1968 The Hon Jacques Theodore van Wyk
1965 Henry Anderson Molteno
1963 William Fehr
1962 Margaret Livingstone Ballinger
1962 William Hofmeyr Craib
1962 Allan Farquhar Stephen
1960 Ernst Gideon Malherbe
1959 Jean Etienne de Villiers
1959 John Murray Murray
1959 Stefan Meiring Naudé
1959 Alfred Adrian Roberts
1959 Thomas Broun Smith
1959 George Wille
1958 Percival Carleton Gane
1958 The Hon Oliver Deneys Schreiner
1957 Hendrik Johannes van Eck
1956 Albert Victor Heron Carter
1956 Michiel Hendrik de Kock
1955 Edgar Harry Brookes
1955 Albert Schweitzer
1955 Nellie Brown Spilhaus
1954 Ernest Marshall Owen Clough
1954 Leopold Greenberg
1953 Alexander Butter McDonald
1952 Ralph Kilpin
1951 The Hon Albert van der Sandt Centlivres
1951 Sidney Warren Lavis
1951 Humphrey Rivas Raikes
1950 Martinus Christoffel Botha
1950 Alfred Aaron de Pass
1950 Maria Emmeline Fuller
1950 Henry Alford Moffat
1948 Arthur Wellesley Falconer
1948 Hermann Heinrich Kreft
1948 Lady Lilian Michaelis
1948 Gideon Brand van Zyl
1947 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
1947 Sidney Henry Haughton
1945 James Stevenson Hamilton
1945 Thomas Loveday
1944 Ernest Frederick Watermeyer
1943 Colin Graham Botha
1943 Gabriel Gideon Cillie
1940 William Duncan Baxter
1940 Edward Barnard Fuller
1940 William Gavan Bennie
1940 David Bennie Hewat
1940 Hendrik Johannes van der Byl
1940 Frederick Kilgour Wiener
1939 Sir John Carruthers Beattie
1939 The Rt Hon Sir Patrick Duncan
1935 William Henry Bell
1934 The Hon Frederick George Gardiner
1934 The Rev John Daniel Kestell
1929 John William Jagger
1929 Charles Edwardes Levis
1929 Sir Frederick Spencer Lister
1929 The Hon Daniel François Malan
1929 Sir William Henry Solomon
1929 Sir Walter Ernest Mortimer Stanford
1929 The Rev Johannes Petrus van Heerden
1929 Jane Elizabeth Waterston
1927 Sir John Gilbert Kotze
1927 The Rt Hon Sir James Rose-Innes
1926 The Hon Frances William Reitz
1925 HRH Edward, Prince of Wales
1925 The Rev Robert Laws
1925 The Rev Adriaan Moorrees
1923 Sir Maximilian Michaelis
1923 The Rev John Munro Russell
1922 Sir William Thomson
1920 Sir Otto Beit
1920 Viscount Buxton

 

Doctor of Literature                         

2016 Janette Deacon
2016 Zoë Wicomb
2016 Francis Wilson
2015 Okwui Enwezor
2015 John Britten Wright
2014 William Kentridge
2014 David Fanning
2014 Henry Louis Gates Jr
2013 Daniel Kunene
2012 Zakes Mda
2012 Basil Jones
2012 Adrian Kohler
2011 Martin West
2010 Sir Antony Sher
2010 Janet Suzman
2010 Peter Magubane
2007 David Kramer
2007 Taliep Petersen
2007 David Kramer
2007 Taliep Petersen
2006 Bonisile John Kani
2006 David Lewis-Williams
2006 Thomas Tlou
2003 Es’kia Mphahlele
2003 Pieter-Dirk Uys
2002 Chinua Achebe
2000 Karel Schoeman
2000 Akinwande Oluwole Soyinka
1999 Richard Samuel Attenborough
1998 Leonard Monteath Thompson
1995 John Maxwell Coetzee
1995 Gert Johannes Gerwel
1994 Mendel Israel Kaplan
1994 Shula Eta Marks
1993 Robin Hallett
1987 Marthinus Versfeld
1986 Nadine Gordimer
1985 Harry Frederick Oppenheimer
1984 Athol Harold Lannigan Fugard
1983 Christian Frederick Beyers Naudé
1983 Samson Mbizo Guma
1982 Sir Richard Edmonds Luyt
1980 Izak David du Plessis
1980 Diederik Johannes Opperman
1978 Michael Gelfand
1975 Isaac Schapera
1968 Owen Cardinal McCann
1968 Nicolaas Petrus van Wyk Louw
1968 Eric Anderson Walker
1967 Theodore Johannes Haarhoff
1967 Christiaan Gustav Waldemar Schumann
1966 Sir Keith Hancock
1958 Oswald St Clair
1954 Barend Batholomeus Keet
1951 Maria Elizabeth Rothmann
1950 Oscar John Soley Satchel
1948 Jacob Daniel du Toit
1929 Monsignor Frederick Charles Kolbe
1929 William Ritchie
1922 The Rev Johannes du Plessis

 

Doctor of Medicine                                               

2014 Rodney Douglas
2010 Jerry Coovadia
2002 Siamon Gordon
2001 Frances Ames
1998 Hannah-Reeve Sanders
1996 Helen Annan Brown
1990 Maatje Vera Bührmann
1989 Robert Johannes Goetz
1987 Arthur Landau
1987 Golda Selzer
1986 Thomas Hamilton Bothwell
1986 Daniel Jakob du Plessis
1984 Leo Schamroth
1982 Jan Hendrik Louw

 

Doctor of Music         

2000 Angelo Gobbato
1996 Lamar Crowson
1996 Abdullah Ibrahim
1993 Miriam Zenzi Makeba
1982 Ivy Priaulx Rainier
1976 Dulcie Joyce Lind Howes
1972 Arnoldus Christian Vlok van Wyk
1965 Hugh Travers Tracey
1963 Joseph Salvatore Manca
1957 Elsie Hall
1948 Theophil Otto Frederick Charles Wendt
1941 William Joseph Pickerill

 

Doctor of Philosophy

2003 The Most Rev Njongonkulu Winston Hugh Ndungane
2002 Mark Shuttleworth
1999 Kader Asmal
1999 Graça Sinhala Machel

 

Doctor of Science

2016 Peter Folb
2014 Bernie Fanaroff
2014 Michael Thackeray
2013 Derek Yellon
2012 Jonathan Ellis
2009 Brian Warner
2009 George Ellis
2008 Jonathan Dorfan
2008 Lord Leonard Wolfson
2008 Lord Leonard Wolfson
2007 George Philander
2007 Samuel George Harker Philander
2005 Arnold Lewis Gordon
2000 Bernhard Banaschewski
2000 Wieland Gevers
2000 Trefor Jenkins
1998 Johann Carl Vogel
1997 Sir Aaron Klug
1995 Jacques Pierre Friedrich Sellschop
1993 Michael William Feast
1990 Charles Kimberlin Brain
1990 Christopher Friedrich Garbers
1990 Jean Mayer
1988 Frank Reginald Nunes Nabarro
1988 Phillip Vallentine Tobias
1985 John Desmond Clark
1985 Jacobus Stephanus de Wet
1984 William Sage Rapson
1982 Arthur Kipps
1979 Christiaan van der Merwe Brink
1979 John Fleming Brock
1979 Jack Nicol Coetzee
1979 Niko Stutterheim
1976 Richard Hugh Stoy
1976 Trevor Lloyd Wadley
1974 Gert Johannes Stander
1972 Guy Abercrombie Elliot
1968 Robert Harold Compton
1968 Cecily Kathleen Niven
1968 Henry Olivier
1968 Sir Richard van der Riet Woolley
1967 Christiaan Neethling Barnard
1967 Andries Charles Cilliers
1955 Raymond Albert Alexander
1955 Terence MacLeale Salter
1953 Adrianus Pijper
1952 Gilbert Westacott Reynolds
1945 Basil Ferdinand Jamieson Schonland
1944 Alexander Logie du Toit
1943 Petrus Johann du Toit
1935 Alexander Ogg
1935 Sir Arnold Theiler
1935 Robert Burns Young
1931 Jan Christiaan Smuts
1930 Henry Georges Fourcade
1929 Othenio Abel
1929 Abbé Henri Edouard Prosper Breuil
1929 Robert Broom
1929 Henry Clay
1929 Willem de Sitter
1929 Jan Hendrik Hofmeyr
1929 Erich Kaiser
1929 Rudolf Marloth
1929 John Todd Morrison
1929 Lord Rutherford
1929 Albert Charles Seward
1929 Josef Georg von Hevesy
1929 David Meredith Seares Watson
1926 Willem Cornelis van der Sterr
1925 Sir Robert Nelson Kotze
1923 Arthur William Rogers
1921 Sir Thomas Muir

    

Doctor of Science in Engineering

2013 Klaus-Jürgen Bathe
2011 David Potter
2007 Mark Eberhard Dry
1999 John Brand Martin
1995 Algernon Charles Liebenberg
1943 Alfred Dale Lewis

 

Doctor of Science in Medicine

2014 Salim Abdool Karim
2012 David Sanders
2008 Eric Goemaere
2005 Mahomed Fareed Aboobaker Abdullah
1999 Sidney Cywes
1998 Ralph George Hendrickse
1993 Sir Raymond Hoffenberg
1992 John Derek Lindsell Hansen
1988 Stuart John Saunders

 

Doctor of Social Science

2011 Mary Burton
2009 Gavin Mooney
2008 Archie Mafeje
Lillian Cingo
2005 Albertina Nontsikelelo Sisulu
2004 Alexander Lionel Boraine
2004 Kurt Danziger
2003 Kathryn Frieda Jagoe
2001 Mamphela Aletta Ramphele
1996 Philip Alford Potter
1994 Johannes Jacobus Fourie Durand
1993 John Christopher Hall
1993 Bonginkosi Meshack Radebe
1988 Denis Eugene Hurley
1985 Leonard Read
1981 Oscar David da Fonseca Wollheim
1980 William James Belt Slater

 

Master of Arts

2002 Vincent Kolbe
1989 Max Coleman
1961 Reginald Frank Kennedy
1945 Evelyn Mary Pike
1940 Edgar Orphan Vaughan
1935 George Benjamin Kipps

 

Master of Arts in Architecture

1936 Franklin Kaye Kendall

 

Master of Business Administration

1996 William Marshall Smith

 

Master of City Planning and Urban Design

1996 David Stanley Jack

 

Master of Education

1995 Ntobsie Daphne Moletsane
1994 Makonza Ngambu
1990 Peter Anderson
1958 John Scott Ivan McGregor
1951 Walter George Amos Mears
1944 William Henry Hemer

 

Master of Fine Art

2005 Johann Clemens Porer
1993 Cecil Skotnes
1992 Hyme Rabinowitz

 

Master of Music

1990 Artemisio Paganini

 

Master of Science

1989 Elsie Elizabeth Esterhuysen
1974 Charles Gordon Campbell Dickson
1973 George Alfred Harding
1960 Arthur Cecil Harrison
1955 Alfred John Elven Gibbs
1953 Wilfred John Copenhagen

 

Master of Science in Medicine

2003 Hamilton Naki

 

Master of Social Science

2005 Lucas Radebe
2002 Abdurrazack Achmat
2002 Dorothy Cleminshaw
1996 Margaret Elsworth
1994 Ruth Noel Robb
1993 Friday Mandla Mavuso
1992 Max du Preez
1990 Ivy Gcina
1990 Dorothy Zihlangu

  

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