Posted on 17 January 2018
The University of York confers the honorary degree of Doctor of the University honoris causa, on individuals who have made outstanding contributions to society.
The recipients of 2018 honorary degrees, which will be awarded as part of the University's winter graduation ceremonies, are:
Professor Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya began his career as graduate apprentice at Lucas, subsequently gaining an MSc and PhD in Engineering Production at the University of Birmingham.
In 1980, he became Professor of Manufacturing Systems at the University of Warwick; founding Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG) to help business innovate and university researchers change lives. Today, WMG is one of the world’s top applied research centres, combining academic excellence and global business results.
Lord Bhattacharyya has brokered partnerships, including Jaguar Land Rover’s acquisition by Tata, advised industry and governments internationally and sat on the UK Council for Science and Technology. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
He was awarded the Padma Bhusan by the President of India and the Chinese Government Friendship Award by Vice-Premier Ma Kai.
He was appointed a CBE in 1997, knighted in 2003 for services to education and industry, and made a life peer in 2004.
WMG’s focus on advanced propulsion, low-carbon materials and digital healthcare links closely with research work underway in the Departments of Computer Science and Electronics as well as the University’s focus on environmental impact research in departments such as Chemistry.