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Four honorary doctors

This year’s honorary doctors span across a wide field: global climate issues, international exchange in the field of healthcare, research collaboration between academia and the business world, and efforts to make local history come alive in Linköping.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has selected Roger A. Pielke, Jr., and Gunnar Elfström as honorary Doctors of Philosophy.

Professor Roger A. Pielke, Jr. is an internationally renowned climate researcher who works at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the US. He broke new ground with his research on how society is affected by extreme weather events such as hurricanes and floods.
Pielke is also a well-known analyst of how science is used and misused when making decisions on climate and energy policies. His criticism of the UN’s climate panel has met with a lot of attention and contributed to an overhaul of the panel’s review work. He is a fearless debater who has criticised climate researchers, environmental debaters, and global warming sceptics.
Pielke was a central collaborating partner when Linköping University established its Centre for Climate Science and Policy Research ten years ago. He has also been a guest researcher at Water and Environmental Studies, and is an esteemed lecturer in environmental sciences programme and the Science for Sustainable Development master’s degree programme. He currently collaborates with researchers in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences on the mythology around the Green Revolution, as well as the role of science in a democratic society.

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Gunnar Elfström is one of Linköping’s major cultural personalities, probably best known to the general public for his leadership in Gamla Linköping (Old Linköping), but also for his publications and contributions to various forms of the mass media. For a long time, he has had an important role as a folk scholar through popularising history, especially the history of people and buildings. His valuable documentation of vanished cultural environments is widespread and has led to an increased interest in Linköping’s local history.
Elfström was a knowledgeable and important collaborating partner on the subject of history and teacher training at Linköping University. His contribution to and organisation of large cultural projects such as Bild i Linköping (“Images of Linköping”) and Cultural Heritage Östergötland have been of crucial significance for the Centre for Local History at LiU.

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Simeon Mining has been made an honorary Doctor of Medicine. He is a professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. In 1994 he became the coordinator of a faculty exchange with the Faculty of Health Sciences (HU) in Linköping. The collaboration began when the Ministry of Health in Kenya decided in the late 1980s to start its second teacher training programme, and contacted HU for support in organising an innovative programme at Moi University.
The exchange with Moi University has meant that a large number of HU students and teachers have gained unique insight and understanding of the health problems typical for developing countries. Mining has additionally contributed to collaboration on the specialist level. One example is collaboration within surgery and orthopaedics, where researchers and specialists from Linköping successfully contributed to the increased competency and method development of their colleagues in Eldoret.
Over the years, Mining has been involved in an enterprising way to make the collaboration a successful and broadening experience for all parties involved. He has contributed to creating cultural and human understanding between Kenyan and Swedish students and faculty colleagues.

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The Institute of Technology has selected Göran Lundin as an honorary Doctor of Technology. Lundin made significant efforts for the Swedish forestry and paper industries during his time at Holmen AB, where he was also the CEO and Group President between 2001 and 2004. Thereafter, he played an important role in developing successful research within paper electronics at the university’s Norrköping campus; for example through the establishment of the Karl Erik Önnesjö Memorial Professorship now held by Magnus Berggren.
Lundin has also been heavily involved in establishing and leading Printed Electronics Arena - a research collaboration between Linköping University, Norrköping Municipality / Norrköping Science Park, and Acreo, where he is presently chairman of the board.

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All four doctors will have their degrees confirmed at an inauguration and award ceremony at Linköping University on May 25.


Lennart Falklöf 2012-03-20



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