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Athlete Jonas Jacobsson named honorary doctor

Athlete Jonas Jacobsson

Athlete Jonas Jacobsson

Shooter Jonas Jacobsson has received an honorary doctorate in medicine at Linköping University. He and four prominent international researchers will be awarded honorary doctorates at a ceremony in May.

Jonas Jacobsson is one of Sweden’s most successful athletes ever; he has won 16 Paralympic gold medals, 15 World Championship gold medals and 17 European Championship gold medals. The Swedish paper Svenska Dagbladet last year awarded him their own highly prestigious ‘Bragdguldet’ award in honour of his 2008 Beijing performance which saw him win three gold medals.

Jonas Jacobsson was born and raised in Kolmården, outside of Norrköping. Through sheer willpower and focus of mind he has proven that having a disability does not prevent dreams from becoming a reality. By naming him honorary doctor of medicine, the Faculty of Health Sciences sees him as a role model for all students and employees and an excellent representative for the county of Östergötland.

Dr David Dance has also been awarded an honorary doctorate in medicine. He has participated in and consulted on international research projects since retiring from his post as Director of the Physics department at the Royal Marsden NHS Trust in London. He has worked with researchers in medical radiophysics at the Faculty of Health Sciences since the late 1980s on projects such as optimising x-ray technologies to improve image quality whilst reducing levels of radiation exposure to patients. They are currently participating in a project on digital mammography with colleagues from Greece, the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

The Faculty of Arts and Sciences has awarded honorary doctorates to two American researchers. Deborah Johnson is a Professor of Applied Ethics at the University of Virginia and one of the world leaders in Information and Communication Ethics, previously known as Computer Ethics. Her book Computer Ethics is seen as the main reference work within this area. At the very first Computer Ethics conference in Sweden, arranged by the Centre for Applied Ethics at Linköping University in 1997, Deborah Johnson was one of the main speakers and collaborations have continued ever since, including a three week spell as guest lecturer last spring.

Charles Goodwin, Professor of Applied Linguistics at University of California at Los Angeles, has also been awarded an honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Professor Goodwin is a world leader in research concerning general conversation. Through video analysis he has evaluated interaction in general conversation and shown the importance of gestures. He is now being honoured for his multifaceted research, cross scientific approach and his close collaboration with several of the faculty’s research areas.

The Institute of Technology has awarded an honorary doctorate to Ivan Petrov, the Bulgarian born Adjunct Professor of Materials Science and Director of the Center for Microanalysis of Materials at University of Illinois in Urbana, USA. He has worked closely with researchers at Linköping University for the past 25 years in the areas of thin film physics and microstructural analysis. He has been a visiting researcher on several occasions as well as having contributed to research applications and personally received a large number of Linköping University researchers. Over 30 publications have been produced as a result of these collaborations.

All five honorary doctorates will be conferred at a ceremony on May 16 2009.

For more information about the honorary doctors please contact:

Jonas Jacobsson – Faculty Director Leif Eklund, tel +46 (0)13 22 77 51

David Dance – Professor Michael Sandborg, tel +46 (0)13 22 44 07 or +46 (0)70 832 9133

Deborah Jonson – Professor Göran Collste, tel +46 (0)13 28 18 26

Charles Goodwin – Professor Per Linell, +46 (0)13 28 20 10

Ivan Petrov – Dean Helen Dannetun, +46 (0)13 28 23 12

Therese Winder 2009-03-12

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Last updated: 2009-06-03