Jul 20 2021

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, Gareth Griffith, Dr Brian May CBE and Denis Pellerin met with the Principal last week for Honorary Conferrals. Conferees are photographed above and listed in alphabetical order.

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, Gareth Griffith and Denis Pellerin were awarded Honorary Doctorates, and Dr Brian May CBE was awarded a Honorary Fellowship. 

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton

Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, Chief Fire Officer in West Sussex and one of the most senior female firefighters in the UK, has been awarded Degree of Doctor of Science by Royal Holloway, University of London. The Honorary Degree has been awarded in recognition of her achievements in her field as a behavioural neuroscientist and fire service leader. Sabrina’s oration was given by Professor Polly Dalton, Head of the Psychology Department.

Speaking about her Honorary Degree, Sabrina said: “I am really excited to have received an honorary degree of Doctor of Science from Royal Holloway today.

“It means a lot to know that the students and wider university community have welcomed me to be part of the university.”

Gareth Griffith

Gareth Griffith studied mathematics and computer science at Royal Holloway College, graduating with first class honours in 1984. He undertook postgraduate research at University College London where he co-wrote several textbooks on computer graphics with Professor Ian Angell, and started his first software company in 1986 at the age of 23.

He has subsequently founded and run several successful software companies in fields ranging from film special effects (developing software used in hundreds of movies beginning with Jurassic Park in 1992) through television to sports data analysis.

Gareth has been awarded the Degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa. Gareth’s oration was given by Professor Stewart Boogert, Head of School of Engineering, Physical and Mathematical Studies.

Dr Brian May CBE and Denis Pellerin

Dr Brian May CBE and Denis Pellerin have been made an Honorary Fellow and Honorary Doctor of Literature, respectively, by Royal Holloway. These titles have been given in recognition of their contribution to the preservation of Victorian Stereoscopic photography, through The London Stereoscopic Company.

Dr Brian May’s oration was given by Dr Laura MacCulloch, College Art Curator at Royal Holloway, whilst Denis Pellerin’s oration was given by Dr Vicky Greenaway, Senior Lecturer in 19th Century Literature and Culture at the university.

Speaking about his honorary fellowship, Dr Brian May OBE said: “I am extremely honoured to be given this fellowship by Royal Holloway.

“For the work that Denis and I do in stereoscopic photography to be recognised by the Royal Holloway is very important to us.  And to our mission – to inspire and enable future generations to study Victorian and modern stereoscopic photography.”