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Professor Bruce from the Department of Materials has been recognised with a Doctor of Science (DSc) for his ‘visionary work and leadership in battery technology and sustainable energy.’

Tracey Slaven, University Secretary and Chief Operating Officer (University of Aberdeen); Professor Sir Peter Bruce; Abbie McLaughlin, Head of Chemistry (University of Aberdeen); and Professor Sir Ian Torrance KCVO, Pro-Chancellor (University of Aberdeen).
Tracey Slaven, Professor Sir Peter Bruce, Abbie McLaughlin, Head of Chemistry and Professor Sir Ian Torrance KCVO, Pro-Chancellor at the University of Aberdeen

Professor Sir Peter Bruce, Wolfson Professor of Materials was awarded at a ceremony on Monday 24 June, cited for his ‘ground-breaking research into lithium batteries at the forefront of future energy storage for clean, green energy’ and ‘founding, with colleagues, the Faraday Institution, the UK’s centre of excellence for battery research.’

I am at the same time humbled and delighted to receive a Doctor of Science honoris causa from the University of Aberdeen for my research on lithium batteries. It recognises not only my own modest efforts but the great work of many students and postdocs past and present.
Peter Bruce

An alumnus of the University of Aberdeen, Sir Peter earned his BSc in Chemistry at the university before achieving a PhD. His career includes over 20 years at the University of St Andrews, where he conducted pioneering research in materials chemistry and electrochemistry, particularly on lithium and sodium batteries.

Currently, Sir Peter serves as Vice Principal of the Royal Society, founder and Chief Scientist at the Faraday Institution and Director of the UK Energy Storage Hub. In 2023, Princess Anne awarded him a knighthood for his contributions to science and technology.

British diplomat Jonathan Wilks, theologist Professor Jeremy Begbie and Aberdeen's city archivist Phil Astley were also awarded honorary degrees at this year’s summer graduation.

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