Honorary degrees

An ad honorem is an honorary degree awarded to those who have contributed significantly to research, art, or entrepreneurship. The University of Padua confers that the awarded individual have met the requirements under the academic qualifications meriting such distinction. The degree is usually related to the discipline most relevant to the area in which the person operates.

An honorary degree is granted to those whose scientific, cultural, or social merits are specifically relative to the proposing university department. The proposing department confirms that the candidate is of undoubted importance and recognized in their respective community. In particular, if the contribution concerns a candidate operating in the field of scientific research, the candidate must have achieved results stemming from the relative study or through research activity as well as those whose value is recognized nationally and/or internationally. Candidates in the field of cultural, art, economic-social, or technical-scientific value must of achieved exceptionally high profiles, particularly with regard to innovation, the candidate must have achieved results stemming from the relative study or body of work.

  List of honorary graduates (from 2007 – current)

28/11/2019 - Patti Smith, in European and American Languages and Literatures

14/05/2019  - Ernesto Olivero, in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance

10/04/2019 - Francesco Canella, in Italian Food and Wine

26/01/2018 - Charles S. Maier, in European studies

22/11/2017 - Manuel Alegre, in European and Euro-American languages and literature

10/11/2017 - Chris Wickham, in Historical sciences 

26/05/2017 - Raul Anselmo Randon (Brasilian manager), in Management engineering 

09/09/2016 - Takaaki Kajita, in Physics

28/04/2016 - Hiroshi Amano, in Electronic Engineering 

04/09/2015 - Silvano Pedrollo, in Product Innovation Engineering

24/11/2014 - Tim de Zeeuw, in Astronomy

04/09/2014 - Fabio Franceschi (Italian manager), in Mechanical Engineering

9/06/2013 - Sidney G. Tarrow, in Law, Institutions and Politics of the European Integration

9/06/2013 - Ermanno Olmi (Italian film director and screenwriter), in Human and Pedagogical Sciences

10/01/2013 - Marco Paolini, in Theatre, Film, Television and Media Studies

15/06/2012 - Andrew Hamilton, in Chemistry

17/04/2012 - Claudio Scimone, in Law

09/11/2010 - Don Luigi Mazzuccato,  in Institutions and Politics of Human Rights and Peace

06/04/2010 - John Skehel, in Medicine and Surgery

18/12/2009 - Anthony C. Davison, in Statistics

18/12/2009 - Mario Draghi (Italian economist), in Statistics

15/09/2009 - Antonio Carpené (Italian manager), in Vituculture, Enology and Wine Market

15/12/2008 - Tom Ryan DeMeester, in Medicine and Surgery

21/05/2008 - Aldo Castañeda, in Medicine and Surgery

21/04/2008 - Roberto Ruffino, in Pedagogical Science

20/11/2007 - Theodor Berchem (German Romanist philologist), in Arts

20/11/2007 - Nico Frijda (Dutch psychologist and professor), in Experimental psychology and Neuro-cognitive Behavior Science

20/11/2007 - Daniel Stern, in Clinical Dynamic Psychology

20/11/2007 - Salvatore Settis, in Law

20/11/2007 - Shaul G. Massry, in Medicine and Surgery

20/11/2007 - Thomas Jr. Hughes, in Civil Engineering

20/11/2007 - Valerio Giordano Riello (Italian manager), in "Mechanical Engineering"

  Historical list (2006 - 1970)

12/12/2006 - H Ekmeleddin İhsanoğlu, in Philosophy

12/12/2006 - Angelo Funes Nova (Italian manager), in Forest and Environmental Sciences

12/12/2006 - Marc H. Bornstein, in Psychology of Development and School Intervention

12/12/2006 - Francisco J. Ayala, in Medicine and Surgery

30/11/2006 - Koichi Tanaka, in Medicine and Surgery

06/06/2006 - Samuel Pisar, in European integration law

12/03/2004 - Carlo Morelli, in Geologic sciences

12/03/2004 - Willem J.M Levelt, in Psychology

27/10/2004 - Arvid Carlsson, in Medicine and Surgery

20/10/2004 - Hans Blix, in Political science

20/10/2004 - Michael Stolleis, in Political science

25/06/2004 - Vittorio Tabacchi (Italian manager), in Mechanical engineering

25/06/2004 - Lelio Orci, in Medicine and Surgery

16/04/2004 - John Prausniz, in Chemical engineering

16/04/2004 - Michael Cole, in Psychology

12/01/2003 - Monsignor Giovanni Nervo, in Education

26/09/2003 - Carlo Veronesi (Italian manager), in Veterinary medicine

15/05/2003 - Eugene Braunwald, in Medicine and Surgery

15/05/2003 - Magdi Habib Yacoub, in Medicine and Surgery

22/11/2002 - Nancy G. Siraisi (American historian of medicine), in Philosophy

24/06/2002 - Nicholas Shackleton, in Geologic sciences

24/06/2002 - Ivan R. King (American astronomer), in Astronomy

22/02/2002 - Manoel Candido Pinto De Oliveira (Portuguese film director and screenwriter), in Arts

14/12/2001 - Surendra Kumat Saxena (American geotechnical engineering educator and professor), in Geologic sciences

14/12/2001 - Charles V. Guidotti (American geologist), in Geologic sciences

26/10/2001 - Joseph Ki Zerbo (African historian, politician and writer), in Education

26/10/2001 - Tommaso Padoa-Schioppa, in Political science

26/10/2001 - Ian Brownlie (British lawyer), in Political science

21/05/2001 - Mario Carraro, in Economics

21/05/2001 - René Girard, in Arts

21/05/2001 - Bronislaw Geremek, in History

24/10/2000 - Leonhardt Gustav (Dutch keyboard player, conductor, musicologist, teacher and editor), in Arts

06/08/2000 - Eugenio Coseriu (Romanian linguist), in Arts

06/08/2000 - Daniel Saul Goldin, in Mechanical engineering

16/02/2000 - Mario Monti, in Law

28/05/1999 - Albert van Kammen, in Life sciences

11/05/1998 - Michael Ira Posner, in Psychology

11/05/1998 - Guido Vannucchi (Italian Elecrical engineer), in Telecommunications engineering

11/05/1998 - Amartya Sen, in Political science

11/05/1998 - Paul Ricoeur, in Political science

11/05/1998 - Mario Rigoni Stern, in Forest and environmental sciences

24/09/1997 - Roman Herzog (German politician and judge), in Law

04/06/1997 - Philip Nicholas Johnson-Laird, in Psychology

04/06/1997 - Rudolf Arnheim (American psychologidt), in Psychology

07/01/1997 - Torrence Vaino Johnson (merican astronomer), in Astronomy

07/01/1997 - William John O'Neil, in Astronomy

07/01/1997 - Franco P. Preparata (Italian computer scientist), in Computer science engineering

18/10/1996 - K. Charles Kao, in Telecommunications engineering

09/05/1996 - Bohumil Hrabal (Czech writer), in Arts

09/05/1996 - Jorge Amado, in Arts

02/02/1996 - Sherloch Sherloch, in Medicine and Surgery

02/02/1996 - Lewis P. Rowland, in Medicine and Surgery

02/02/1996 - Francesco Rosi  (Italian film director), in Arts

01/03/1995 - Donald A. Norman, in Psychology

27/09/1994 - Per Ingvar Branemark (Swedish orthopaedic surgeon), in Dentistry and dental prosthesis

27/09/1994 - Angiolino Grillini (Italian politician and lawyer), in Mechanical engineering

25/10/1993 - Michel J. Petit, in Agricultural sciences

25/10/1993 - Guido M. Rey  (Italian economist), in Statistics and economic sciences

25/10/1993 - Karl G. Joreskog (Karl G. Joreskog), in Statistics and economic sciences

25/10/1993 - David R. Cox (British statistician), in Statistics and demographic sciences

25/10/1993 - Thomas R. Sinclair, in Agricultural sciences

17/05/1993 - Jorge Barrera Graf, in Political science

16/02/1993 - Vaclav Havel (Czech statesman, writer), in Political science

07/12/1992 - James Serrin, in Mathematics

07/12/1992 - Thomas S. Kuhn, in Philosophy

07/12/1992 - Steven Weinberg, in Physics

07/12/1992 - Carlo Rubbia, in Physics

07/12/1992 - Stillman Drake, in Physics

07/12/1992 - Bruno Rossi ( Italian experimental physicis), in Astronomy

07/12/1992 - George Coyne, in Astronomy

24/06/1992 - Thomas Earl Starzl, in Medicine and Surgery

15/06/1992 - Olgierd C. Zienkiewicz (British mathematician), in Civil engineering

15/06/1992 - Senichi Masuda, in Electronic engineering

15/06/1992 - Alexiu Stilianos (Greek archaeologist), in Arts

15/06/1992 - Pierre Leveque (French historian), in Arts

15/01/1990 - Evelio Verdera y Tuells, in Political science

15/01/1990 - John Schellman, in Chemistry

15/01/1990 - Jack Peisach, in Life sciences

15/01/1990 - Guido Calabresi, in Political science

29/09/1988 - Edwin M. Southern, in Medicine and Surgery

29/09/1988 - Raymond Latarjet (French biologist), in Pharmacy

29/09/1988 - Osamu Hayaishi (Japanese biochemist), in Pharmacy

29/09/1988 - Francesco Della Valle, in Pharmacy

30/05/1986 - Otto Skutsch (German classical philologist), in Arts

30/05/1986 - Stanley Miles Partridge, in Medicine and Surgery

30/05/1986 - Otto Demus (n Austrian art historian), in Arts

30/05/1986 - Marie Therese D'Alverny (French historian), in Philosophy

08/02/1986 - Goffredo Parise, in Arts

08/02/1986 - Abel Lajtha, in Medicine and Surgery

10/11/1984 - Wu Chien-Shiung, in Physics

10/11/1984 - Allan Bromley, in Physics

08/02/1984 - Lars Ernster (Hungarian professor of biochemistry), in Medicine and Surgery

08/02/1984 - Riccardo Giacconi in Astronomy

05/07/1983 - Bora Laskin (Canadian lawyer), in Political science

21/03/1983 - Gotthard Schettler (German physician), in Medicine and Surgery

08/02/1983 - Bogdan Suchodolski (Polish philosopher), in Education

27/05/1982 - Altiero Spinelli (Italian politician), in Political Science

27/05/1982 - Denis King Britton (Brtish Professor of Agricultural Economics), in Economics

10/01/1977 - Leopold Sedar Senghor, in Arts

10/01/1977 - Gottfried Eisermann (German economist), in Political science

03/04/1970 - Pierre Gourou (French geographer), in "Economics"

03/04/1970 - Giuseppe Gatti in "Economics"

03/04/1970 - Fernand Paul Braudel (French historian), in Economics