Honorary Doctorates 2011

Kathryn E. Hare, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, Canada, Mathias Uhlén, Professor of Biotechnology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and Ingemar Andersson, Tech. Lic. with a long career at the company Göteborg Energi, will be awarded Honorary Doctorates at Chalmers.
Kathryn E. Hare, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Waterloo, Canada, has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate for her prominent research, both in extent and depth, within classical and abstract harmonic analysis. Her most important work consists of studies of interpolation sets related to what is termed the Uncertainty Principle, which specifies the well-known relationship that a signal cannot be both time-limited and band-limited. It sets the limits on how rapidly and efficiently signal transfer can take place. Her research also covers topics ranging from convolution operators and maximal functions to energies and fractal dimensions of measures in classical and non-commutative settings. She is also a committed teacher, inspiring students to pursue research within harmonic analysis. In addition to her research and teaching she has also been editor of a number of international journals.
Kathryn E. Hare has had long-standing research collaboration with the Department of Mathematical Sciences at Chalmers. Through her efforts several Chalmers mathematicians have established fruitful contact with the University of Waterloo, which has led to a number of joint discoveries. She also spent the 2000/2001 academic year in Gothenburg as visiting professor. Her enthusiastic personality was a source of inspiration for both colleagues and many students.
Mathias Uhlén, Professor of Biotechnology at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, is a world-leading research scientist in the field of biotechnology, specialising in proteomics, i.e. large-scale, quantitative analysis of proteins, where he is now considered to be one of the foremost experts in the world.
Mathias Uhlén has been nominated for an Honorary Doctorate for his significant and innovative research in the field of biotechnology. His excellent capacity to link the art of engineering and biological science has resulted in several seminal contributions in the field of genomics and proteomics – including pyrosequencing, which is currently used for commercial genome sequencing, and novel antibody technologies, which have facilitated the establishment of the proteomics field. His discovery, cloning and demonstrated use of protein has had a huge impact on the biotech industry as it has facilitated the production of new proteins with a high degree of purity. Mathias Uhlén is an inventor with more than 50 patent applications and he has founded several companies.
Mathias Uhlén has for many years collaborated closely with Chalmers and for several years he was a member of the advisory board of the Chalmers Biocentre. He has also played a key role in drafting a strategy plan for life sciences/biotechnology at Chalmers. He is currently an adviser in the Life Science Area of Advance, with the particular aim of bringing Chalmers and the Royal Institute of Technology closer together within the field of biotechnology.
Ingemar Andersson holds the degree of Tech. Lic. and has had a long career at the company Göteborg Energi, where he was a member of the executive management for several decades. Following his retirement in 2005 he served for a time as head of the Department of Electrical Engineering at Chalmers.
Ingemar Andersson has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his contribution to Chalmers and the Swedish electric power industry. With his background in electric power research at the Royal Institute of Technology it was self-evident in his executive positions at Göteborg Energi that he would assume a leading role within various bodies within the electric power sector. It could be said that nationally and internationally he was their technical ambassador from the middle of the 1970s through to the new millennium. At Göteborg Energi he was responsible both for the electricity grid and for research issues and he was a key discussion partner for Chalmers.
At the beginning of the 2000s there was a tangible threat that the electric power programme at Chalmers would be discontinued. Ingemar Andersson successfully assumed the task of creating conditions for a powerful and significant electric power programme. In doing so he laid the foundation for Chalmers continuing to retain its historically strong role within the electric power field. What has characterised Ingemar Andersson's commitment to research and development is his capacity to convince people that the electricity system has yet to be developed to its full capacity at a time when the general opinion was the opposite. His commitment and contribution to electric power in Sweden is a model for future generations.

Honorary Doctorates

An Honorary Doctorate in Engineering at Chalmers University of Technology is awarded in recognition of highly prominent and deep-rooted professional achievements linked to the specialist subject areas at Chalmers. There should also be an existing network of contacts between the person receiving an honorary doctorate and Chalmers. The Faculty Board at Chalmers is responsible for selecting persons to receive an honorary doctorate.
The Honorary Doctorates are awarded at a special ceremony each year, which in 2011 will be on May 7.

Published: Thu 31 Mar 2011. Modified: Tue 12 Apr 2011