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LSE Director awarded honorary doctorate from the Erasmus University Rotterdam

L-R Professor Dr Henk Schmidt, Professor Craig Calhoun, Professor Dr Godfried EngbersenProfessor Craig Calhoun, Director of the London School of Economics and Political Science, has been awarded an honorary doctorate from the Erasmus University Rotterdam, on the occasion of the ‘Dies Natalis’, the hundredth anniversary of the founding of the University.

Professor Calhoun has been recognised by the university for being “one of the today’s foremost social scientists” and as an advocate of using social science to address issues of public concern.

At the ceremony, which took place  on Friday 8 November, the University conferred eight honorary doctorates, one from each faculty or institute. Professor Calhoun was proposed by Professor Godfried Engbersen of the Faculteit der Sociale Wetenschappen (Faculty of Social Sciences).

Her Royal Highness Princess Beatrix of the Netherlands is guest of honour during the day’s celebrations.

Commenting on the award, Professor Calhoun said:

It is a great honour to receive this award, and especially meaningful to be part of the hundredth anniversary of Erasmus University, a leader in public social science.”

On 8 November 1913 the Netherlands School of Commerce, the first predecessor of Erasmus University was founded in what was then the Doelen. Sixty years later on 8 November 1973, Erasmus University was officially opened, a merger of the Netherlands School of Economics (the successor to the Netherlands School of Commerce) and the Rotterdam Medical Faculty.  

8 November 2013