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Honorary degree for Professor Dame Wendy Hall

Published: 9 July 2013

Professor Dame Wendy Hall will this week (Friday 12 July) receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Science from the University of Sussex.

Dame Wendy, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering at the University of Southampton, will receive the degree in recognition of her contributions to computing and information technology. The citation recognizes her contribution to multimedia and hypermedia and the influence of her work on the development of the Semantic Web. It also highlights her role as a strong and vocal advocate for women’s opportunities in science, engineering and technology. It continues: “In her research and public life she has sought to ensure that women, as well as men, benefit from technological advancement and employment opportunities within a technical field.”

Earlier this year Dame Wendy received an Honorary Doctorate from City University London. Professor Paul Curran, Vice-Chancellor, commented: “"Professor Dame Wendy Hall has helped to transform the boundaries and capabilities of the Internet and the World Wide Web.

“Though she has spent most of her academic life at the University of Southampton, we can justly claim her as one of ours: she earned her Master's degree at City."

Professor Ken Grattan, Dean of the City Graduate School who nominated Dame Wendy Hall for the award, said: "Dame Wendy Hall has truly influenced the world as we know it today. Her ground-breaking work in the 1980s helped to give birth to the World Wide Web […] She is also particularly prominent as a strong and vocal advocate for women's opportunities in science, engineering and technology (SET). We are extremely proud that she is a distinguished alumna of City."

Dame Wendy has honorary degrees from universities including Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia; Aristotle University, Thessaloniki; Queen’s University, Belfast; and the Universities of of Loughborough; Glasgow, and Birmingham.

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