Herbie Hancock is an icon of modern music. Over the last five decades, his distinctive voice and relentless experimentation have made deep, foundational contributions to post-bop and fusion jazz while also shaping contemporary funk, soul, R&B and electronic music and influencing generations of hip-hop and techno artists. Hancock received an honorary doctor of humane letters […]
Gerald D. Fischbach, MD, is widely recognized as a scientific leader and pioneering researcher in the United States. He possesses a deep understanding of his field, neurobiology, and vast knowledge of science in general. Fischbach received an honorary doctor of science degree on May 15, 2015. Dr. Fischbach joined the Simons Foundation in 2006 to […]
Mary-Dell Chilton, PhD, distinguished science fellow and founder of Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc., is a key founder of modern plant biotechnology. Chilton received an honorary doctor of science degree on May 15, 2015. While on the biology faculty at Washington University in St. Louis during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Dr. Chilton led a collaborative […]
Rabbi Susan Talve is the founding rabbi of Central Reform Congregation, the only Jewish congregation located within the city of St. Louis. When other congregations were leaving the city for the suburbs, Rabbi Talve rallied a small group to keep the vibrant congregation on the front lines of the fight against racism and poverty plaguing the urban center.
Film Director and Producer, Ken Burns was selected to give the 154th Commencement address at Washington University in St. Louis in 2015 Filmmaker, Historian Ken Burns has been making films for more than 35 years. Since his Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge in 1981, Mr. Burns has gone on to direct and produce some of the most acclaimed […]