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Academic Excellence Celebrated at the Sorbonne

The ceremony for the honorary doctors on October 11, 2016 brought together Pierre et Marie Curie and Paris-Sorbonne universities in the Great Amphitheater of the Sorbonne to honor the six women and eight men that have been recognized for their important contributions to their respective disciplines.


For the first time, this joint ceremony celebrates these exceptional researchers across the Arts and Sciences, as a precursor to the communities of UPMC and Paris-Sorbonne becoming one.



At the end of the ceremony, Dany Laferrière and Alice P. Gast each addressed the audience on behalf of their fellow honorary doctors.

(In French)

"En guise de remerciement pour ce doctorat honoris causa que l’on me décerne aujourd’hui, et au nom de mes collègues qui reçoivent le même honneur, je voudrais faire, ici, un éloge de l’alphabet. Je ne parle pas de littérature, mais du simple fait de pouvoir exprimer des sentiments personnels en jouant avec ces vingt-six lucioles qui éclairent la page parfois ingrate. On n’a aucune idée de la puissance de ces lettres en apparence si fragiles et si discrètes qu’on ne se soucie plus de leur existence après un apprentissage pourtant dur. Elles nous consolent des malheurs du monde, nous allègent parfois de ces angoisses qui se transforment en cauchemars, car il suffit de se réveiller en sueur au milieu de la nuit pour griffonner une liste de choses à faire le lendemain pour se sentir immédiatement soulagé. [...]"

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"It is my honour to thank you on behalf of my fellow recipients of the doctor honori causa en médecine et sciences from l‘université Pierre et Marie Curie. We are proud to take our place among the distinguished group of 130 scholars who have been recognised in this way since 1975. We, like the honourees who came before us, are a diverse group and I feel very privileged to share the stage with such talented and inspirational colleagues. We have all started from very different points and have followed very different paths. But our careers, and our love of science, have a common bond: a passion to make a difference in the world. . [...]" 

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Photo credit © Laurent Ardhuin for UPMC

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The complete list of the 2016 DHC