One of the world’s oldest universities has given Apple’s VP of Design, Jony Ive, another honorary PhD to add to his growing collection.
Not to be out done by their centuries old rivals at Cambridge, the University of Oxford conferred an honorary Doctor of Science degree to Sir Jony at a ceremony on June 22, giving him two degrees from two of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities.
The other eight honorees included NY columnist Professor Paul Krugman, Japanese architect Professor Kazuyo Sejima, Czech priest Monsignor Professor Tomáš Halík, former UK Supreme court justice The Right Hon the Lord Mance, Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodóvar, neurobiologist Dr. Cornelia Bargmann, MIT physicist Professor Mildred Dresselhau, Estonian composer Arvo Pärt and opera singer Ms Jessye Norman.
“Sir Jonathan Ive is Chief Design Officer of Apple Inc and designer of the iMac, PowerBook, iBook, iPod, iPhone, iPad, AppleWatch and MacBook. Six of his products appear in the permanent collections of New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). In 2012, he received San Francisco MoMA’s Lifetime Achievement Award and in 2013 he was awarded a gold Blue Peter Badge. His others accolades include an Inaugural Medal (1999) and Benjamin Franklin Medal (2004) of the Royal Society of Arts, the Design Museum London’s first Designer of the Year award (2003), the Design and Art Direction (D&AD) President’s Award and the Royal Academy of Engineering’s President’s Medal (both 2005), and the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum’s Product Design Award (2007). In 2012, D&AD named Sir Jonathan’s team at Apple the Best Design Studio of the past 50 years. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.”