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Over the last twenty years, by proposal of our Faculty, our institution has honoured the following distinguished members of the international scholarly community, bestowing upon them doctorate degrees honoris causa in recognition of their contribution to: English literary or language studies, the creative arts, the promotion of Greek language and culture, the development of our Faculty and of English Studies in Greece.

2018 H.E. Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, Lecturer in Political Philosophy, author, poet National University of Ireland, Galway
2013 Margaret Atwood, Canadian author, poet, critic, feminist scholar, environmental activist -
2009 Jerome ΜcGann, John Stewart Bryan Professor, leading Byronist, and pioneer in digital research in the Humanities University of Virginia, U.S.A.
2006 Derek Walcott, Nobel Laureate poet of the Caribbean  -
1998 Tony Harrison, British poet, playwright and stage director  -
1996 John Thomas Casteen III, Professor of American Studies, President of the University of Virginia, U.S.A., and founder of the Chair of Greek Studies University of Virginia, U.S.A.
1995 M.A.K. Halliday, Professor Emeritus, world-recognised linguist and semiotician, founder of the school of Systemic Functional Grammar University of Sydney, Australia
1994 Edmund L. Keeley, Professor Emeritus, English and Greek Studies scholar, founder of the Greek Studies Programme at Princeton, distinguished translator of Cavafy, Seferis, Elytis and other significant Greek poets into English, formerly served as Fulbright visiting scholar at the Faculty. Princeton University, U.S.A.
1993 Andrew Rutherford, Distinguished English Studies scholar and Byronist Professor Emeritus at the University of London, England
1988 Robert Lidell, British novelist, critic and translator of Greek literary works as well as Visiting Professor at the Faculty for ten years  -
1987 William Spanos, Professor of English and Comparative Literature. Distinguished scholar in literary theory and global studies, formerly served as Fulbright visiting scholar at the Faculty The State University of New York at Binghamton, U.S.A.