List of Binghamton University honorary degree recipients

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This is a list of honorary degree recipients from Binghamton University in New York.

Name of recipient Year Note
Edwin Link 1981 Inventor and father of simulation technology
David de Wied 1981 Discoverer of neuropeptides
Charles Singleton 1981 Professor emeritus of humanistic studies, Johns Hopkins University
Paul Oskar Kristeller 1982 Professor of philosophy, Columbia University
David Soyer, Arnold Steinhardt and Michael Tree 1983 Founding members of the Guarneri Quartet
René Wellek 1983 Sterling Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Yale University
Thomas G. Bergin 1984 Sterling Professor Emeritus of Romance Languages, Yale University
Abraham J. Briloff 1984 Professor of accounting and financial ethicist
Helen Mary Caldicott 1984 Physician and activist
Leroy "Slam" Stewart 1984 Jazz musician
Kenneth Clark 1985 Jazz musician
Roald Hoffman 1985 Founder of holistic medicine
Winfred Lehmann 1985 Ashbel Smith Professor of Linguistics and German Languages, University of Texas
Eliezer Wiesel 1985 Andrew Mellon Professor in the Humanities, Boston University
Morton Bloomfield 1986 Professor emeritus of English and American literature and language, Harvard University
Stephen Jay Gould 1986 Evolutionary biologist and historian of science
Paul D. Maclean (MD) 1986 Intramural research scientist, National Institute of Mental Health
Josef Skvorecky 1986 Professor of English, University of Toronto
Brian Urquhart 1986 Under-secretary of the United Nations
Manfred Lachs 1987 Judge on the International Court of Justice
Bernard Lewis 1987 Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Near Eastern Studies, Princeton University
John Hope Franklin 1988 Historian
Alvin Liberman 1988 Speech psychologist
Aryeh Neier 1988 Human rights activist and founder of Americas Watch
Lewis Branscomb 1989 Professor, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Majid Khadduri 1989 Distinguished research professor, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
Lofti Zadeh 1989 Professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences, University of California, Berkeley
Byllye Avery 1990 Founder and director, National Black Women's Health Network
Leszek Kolakowski 1990 Senior research fellow, All Souls' College, Oxford University
Jacob Lawrence 1990 Professor of art, University of Washington
Andrew Rutherford 1990 Warden, Goldsmiths' College, University of London
Gunther Wilke 1990 Director, Max Planck Institute for Coal Research
Jerome Frank 1991 Psychiatrist and psychologist, professor emeritus, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Niara Sudarkasa 1991 African-American anthropologist and educator
Jack Kilby 1992 Nobel Laureate and co-inventor of the integrated circuit
Johnnetta Cole 1993 President, Spelman College
Deborah Tannen 1993 Linguist and author
Andrew Bergman 1994 Film producer
John Cairns 1994 University distinguished professor of environmental biology, director of University Center for Environmental Studies and Hazardous Materials Studies, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Mary Lowe Good 1994 Senior vice president for technology, Allied SIgnal, Inc.
Matthew McHugh 1994 Counselor to the president, The World Bank
William Julius Wilson 1994 Director and Lucy Flower University Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, University of Chicago, Center for the Study of Urban Inequity
Ilya Prigogine 1995 Noble Laureate in chemistry
Art Spiegelman 1995 Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic artist
Chinua Achebe 1996 Author
Shirley Chater 1996 Educator and administrator; Commissioner, Social Security Administration
Willhelm Gispen 1996 Leading scholar on the functioning of the brain
Donald Westlake 1996 one of the most successful mystery writers in the country
Linda Gordon 1997 Historian
Maxine Greene 1997 Scholar and teacher in the philosophy and history of education, curriculum studies, teacher education and aesthetic education
Walter Isard 1997 Economist and founder of the discipline of peace science
Arnold Levine 1997 Molecular biologist and discoverer of tumor suppressant protein
Israel Rosefsky 1997 Pediatrician and philanthropist
Rodrigo Carazo 1998 Former president of United Nationals, established University of Peace
Susan Clark-Johnson 1998 President/publisher, journalist, editor, Gannett
C. Peter Magrath 1998 President of NASULGC, former president of Binghamton University, former University of Minnesota president
George Olah 1998 Scholar, researcher in superacids and carbocation chemistry
Robert W. Fogel 1999 Economic historian and early advocate of using quantitative methods in history
Mary Francis Berry 1999 Former chair of the United States Commission on Civil Rights
David Komansky 1999 Chairman of the board and COO of Merrill Lynch Pierce Fenner Smith
Kurt Masur 1999 Music director, New York Philharmonic
R. Nicholas Burns 2000 U.S. Ambassador to Greece
Steve Kroft 2000 Television journalist
Shari Lawrence Pfleeger 2000 President, Systems Software, Inc., founder of Howard University's Center for Research in Evaluating Software, alumna 1970
Paul Reiser 2000 Author, actor and comedian, alumnus 1977
Loretta Ford 2001 Founding dean and dean emeritus, University of Rochester, leader/pioneer in nurse practitioner model
Stewart Paperin 2001 Former Executive vice president, Open Society Institute, alumnus 1968 and 1969
Robert Pinsky 2001 Poetry editor, 1997-2000 Poet Laureate
Freeman Hrabowski III 2002 President, University of Maryland, African-American leader, nationally acclaimed educator
Gary Kunis 2002 Former vice president and chief science officer for Cisco Systems, Inc
Elmar Oliveira 2002 Classical violinist
Kemal Guruz 2003 President, Turkish Council of Higher Education
Dean Kamen 2003 Engineer, entrepreneur, inventor
Alan MacDiarmid 2003 2000 Novel Prize winner in chemistry, Blanchard Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania
Mark A. Zurack 2003 Former executive vice president, Goldman Sachs
Sydney Pollack 2003 Author and film producer
Edgar Bronfman 2004 President, World Jewish Congress, chairman of International Board of Governors for Hillel
Eugene DeLoatch 2004 Dean of School of Engineering, Morgan State University, first African- American president of American Society for Engineering
Charlene Kahlor Kramer 2004 Vice president of Corporate Letters Communications, Federal National Mortgage Association (Fannie Mae), alumna 1973
Ezra Laderman 2004 President, American Music Center
Ada Sue Hinshaw 2005 Founding director of the National Institute for Nursing Research of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), dean of School of Nursing, University of Michigan
Evelyn Glennie 2006 Scottish percussionist and timpanist
Erwin Goldberg 2006 Professor of biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology, Northwestern University, alumnus 1956
Linda Greenhouse 2006 Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Allan Lyons 2007 Accountant, financier, educator and business leader
J. David Singer 2007 Political scientist and educator
Ronald Ehrenberg 2008 Irving M. Ives Professor of Industrial and Labor Relations and Economics, Cornell University, alumnus 1966
Richard Felder 2008 Hoechst Celanse Professor Emeritus of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University
Theodore Kooser 2008 Former U.S. Poet Laureate and Pulitzer Prize winner for poetry
Raymond Osterhout 2008 Philanthropist, retired group vice president and underwriting and marketing manager, Swiss Reinsurance Corporation
David Sedaris 2008 Author and humorist
Geoffrey Canada 2009 Social welfare administrator, educator and writer
Sandra Day O'Connor 2009 United States Supreme Court Justice
Mario Paniccia 2009 Director, Photonics Technology Lab, Corporate Technology Group, Intel Corporation, alumnus 1988
Lawrence Schorr 2009 Attorney and philanthropist, alumnus 1975 and 1977
Ahmet Acar 2010 Rector/professor, Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Steven Bloom 2010 Philanthropist, financial analyst, alumnus 1978
Terrence Keane 2011 Professor and vice chairman in psychiatry, Boston University, alumnus 1976 and 1979
David Orr 2011 Paul Sears Distinguished Professor and chair, environmental studies program at Oberlin College
Owen C. Pell 2011 International litigator, alumnus 1980
James Carrigg 2012 Watson School founder and retired president, chairman and CEO of New York State Electric & Gas
Steve Karmen 2012 Composer, musician, arranger, author
Paul Turovsky 2012 Philanthropist, founding partner, True North Management Group, alumnus 1973
Mary Wakefield 2012 Administrator, Health Resources and Services Administration
Marilyn Link 2013 Pioneering Pilot, educator, philanthropist and managing director of an oceanographic institute
Voya Markovich 2013 Leading expert in advanced electronics packaging
Nancy Wackstein 2013 Preeminent social worker and champion of the homeless and disadvantaged, alumnus 1973
George Whitesides 2013 Prolific and influential scientist in chemistry, materials science, physics and engineering

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