​Harry Gray and Simone Fischer-Hübner.​

Chalmers' Honorary Doctors 2020 chosen

​Simone Fischer-Hübner is honoured for her outstanding contributions to research on privacy-enhancing technologies. Harry Gray is honoured for his important discoveries about electron transfer in proteins.
​​Simone Fischer-Hübner 
​​Simone Fischer-Hübner is a Professor at Karlstad University. She is a world-leading researcher in the area of privacy-enhancing technologies. She has been successful in pursuing cross-disciplinary research to bridge the gap between technical and legal aspects of privacy. Simone Fischer-Hübner is a recipient of several prestigious awards from both the scientific community and industry.

She has founded and actively operated SWITS (Swedish IT Security network) since 2001, a successful national network of security and privacy researchers with major participation from Chalmers.

Not only Simone Fischer-Hübner is a distinguished researcher but also a leading privacy advocate in the society at large. Her outreach includes serving on the MSB IT Security Advisory Board and vice-chairing the IEEE Sweden Computer/Software Engineering Chapter, as well as serving as expert for ENISA (European Union Agency for Cybersecurity) and Scientific Advisory Committee of Science Europé.

Simone Fischer-Hübner receives her honorary doctorate for her outstanding contribution to research on privacy-enhancing technologies and her engagement in the privacy agenda in the society at large. The honorary doctorate recognizes her central role in the Swedish and international research activities and networks in security and privacy, cross-disciplinary areas that are strategically important at Chalmers.

Harry Barkus Gray
Harry Barkus Gray is one of the most influential scientists in bio-related inorganic chemistry. He has contributed greatly to this research field over many decades, with more than 900 scientific articles which have been cited over 50,000 times.

One of his most significant scientific contributions is the development of fundamental models of long-range electron transfer in proteins, with important applications for the understanding of the biological function of redox enzymes and photosynthesis.

The knowledge of how electrons can be transported long distances through the protein matrix, to carry out redox reactions, has been of great importance for identification and understanding of molecular materials for capturing and converting solar energy. Gray’s research group is currently exploring how to mimic nature’s photosynthesis process in order to use inorganic materials and sunlight to generate hydrogen fuel through water splitting.

Harry Gray earned his doctorate in inorganic chemistry at Northwestern University in 1960 and then spent about a year as a postdoctoral researcher in theoretical inorganic chemistry at University of Copenhagen. He was appointed a faculty position at Columbia University in 1961 and was a few years later recruited to California Institute of Technology, Caltech, where he became full professor and acted as the director of the Beckman Institute for many years.

Harry Gray is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a foreign member of several other academies (including the Royal Society of Great Britain and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences) and has received numerous prestigious awards such as the Priestley Medal (1991), the Wolf Prize in Chemistry (2004) and the F.A. Cotton Medal (2018).

In addition to being a very prominent scientist, Harry Gray is also a dedicated teacher who has had many important connections with Chalmers over the years. These include acting as an external evaluator at hiring cases, speaker in initiative seminars and Molecular Frontiers symposia at Chalmers and acting mentor to several Chalmers professors.

The honorary doctors will receive their titles at Chalmers doctoral promotion, 6 June.

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