Higgs Boson Scientist Awarded Heriot-Watt honorary degree
Heriot-Watt Principal Professor Steve Chapman, Professor Higgs and Professor Ian Galbraith, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Peter Higgs, the scientist who postulated and gave his name to the recently discovered Higgs boson, the so called god particle, was among the distinguished recipients of Heriot-Watt University honorary degrees at the November graduation ceremonies at Heriot-Watt's Edinburgh Campus.

The honorary graduates were:

Gordon Masterton, Chairman of the Construction Industry Council, who was awarded a Doctorate of Engineering in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the built environment and for services to civil engineering.

Robin Ticciati, Principal Conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, who was awarded a Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his outstanding artistic career and for services to music.

Bruno Schroder, Schroder Plc, who was awarded a Doctorate of Letters in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Scottish whisky and other industries, and to the preservation and development of the heritage, cultural life and economy of Scotland.

Professor Peter Higgs, The Tait Institute, University of Edinburgh, who was awarded a Doctorate of Science in recognition of his pioneering and greatly influential contribution to physics.

Professor Cliff Johnston, Director, Digitata Ltd, who was awarded a doctorate of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to technological advancements and education relating to the energy industry, marine technology and environmental management and protection.

Professor Neil Turok, Director, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, who was awarded a Doctorate of Science in recognition of his outstanding contribution to scientific research and, through influential leadership and innovation, to the development of research excellence across Africa.

Vivienne Parry OBE, writer and broadcaster, who was awarded a doctorate of Science in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the promotion of public understanding of, and engagement with, science and technology.