Strathclyde awards honorary degrees to distinguished quartet

Leading figures in public health, physics, engineering and computer science have received honorary degrees from the University of Strathclyde.

The awards were presented at graduation ceremonies between 4 – 8 November, where around 2,500 Strathclyde students also collected their degrees.

The honorary degrees were presented to:

• Dr Linda de Caestecker, Chair of the Scottish Adverse Childhood Experiences Hub and Director of Public Health, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
• Luigi Lugiato, Professor Emeritus, Università dell'Insubria, Como, Italy
• Stephen Williamson, Emeritus Professor of Engineering, University of Surrey
• José M F Moura, Philip L and Marsha Dowd University Professor, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh.



Dr Linda de Caestecker

Dr de Caestecker joined the then NHS Greater Glasgow in 1993 as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine. She was appointed Director of Public Health with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde after its establishment in 2006 and joined its board the following year. Her clinical background is in obstetrics and gynaecology and, in 2015-16, she undertook a year’s extended leave of absence to work for the international charity FIGO (International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics), promoting women’s health in low-resource countries. She currently chairs the Scottish Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Hub, which is addressing economic, environmental and social sources of adversity, and is a director of the Simon Community, a charity working to deal with the causes and effects of homelessness.

Professor Luigi Lugiato


Professor Lugiato has worked in quantum optics and photonics in a career spanning around 50 years. Luigi Lugiato’s contributions span from the theory of super-fluorescence to optical bistability, from optical pattern formation to quantum imaging and cavity solitons. All these theoretical and mathematical contributions have found spectacular realisations in experiments and practical devices. In 1987, with research colleague René Lefever, he introduced the Lugiato-Lefever equation, a model designed to offer a paradigm for spontaneous pattern formation in nonlinear optics. He has been based at Università dell'Insubria in Como, Italy since 1998 and has won many awards, including the Optical Society of America’s Max Born Award, the European Physical Society’s Quantum Electronics Prize and the Italian Physical Society’s Fermi Prize..

Professor Stephen Williamson

Professor Williamson held posts at the Universities of Aberdeen, Cambridge and Manchester and Imperial College London, before becoming Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation at the University of Surrey, a post he retired from in 2013. He was Chair of Rolls-Royce’s Electrical, Control Systems and Electronics Advisory Board for 13 years to 2015 and spent three years as Group Technical Director for electric motor company Invensys Brook Compton. His awards include the Institution of Electrical Engineers’ (IEE) Nikola Tesla Award and the Achievement Award, presented by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEE) and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).

Professor Jose Moura

Professor Moura is the director of Carnegie Mellon’s Information and Communications Technologies Institute. He holds patents to technology which is in chips in the diskdrives of more than 60% of all computers sold over the last decade. An infringement of these patents led to a settlement in favour of Carnegie Mellon University of $750 Million, believed to be a record for an infringement settlement in information technology.He is the co-founder of software technology company Spiralgen, which has clients worldwide, and technology developed by his research group has been taken up by companies, ranging from Intel to Siemens. He is the 2019 President and CEO of IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) and was the 2012 winner of its Signal Processing Society Award.