On 15 July Dr James Martin was presented with an honorary degree from the University of Warwick, in recognition of his contributions to information engineering and to innovative, integrated scholarship. Dr Martin, who was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize for his book, The Wired Society, donated $100m in 2005 to found the James Martin 21st Century School at the University of Oxford, with the aim of inspiring interdisciplinary scholarship on the biggest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century.
Dr Martin was one of 15 distinguished recipients honoured as part of the University of Warwick’s summer degree ceremony for graduating students. Honorary degrees are awarded to distinguished men and women who have made important contributions to cultural, intellectual, social, economic or political life. Other recipients include Brian Pearce, ex-Director of the Inter Faith Network for the UK, Martin Wolf, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times and Director-General of the World Trade Organisation, Pascal Lamy.
Dr Martin's latest book, The Meaning of the 21st Century, has recently been made into a film on some of the most vitally important challenges of our time. He is an Oxford alumnus and has honorary doctorates from universities on all six continents.