04 June 2009
Ministry of Education and Research
Government awards photographer Lennart Nilsson title of professor
Today the Government has decided to award the photographer Lennart Nilsson the honorary title of professor. Minister for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg informed Lennart Nilsson of the decision at a meeting at Karolinska Institutet on Thursday afternoon.
The professorship is an honorary title that can be awarded in recognition of services outside the academic world that are of great importance for popular education or some other purpose of community benefit.
Lennart Nilsson is being given the award: "because he has shown us the invisible and documented the interior of the human body with scientific precision."
- I can hardly think of anyone else who better meets the criteria for being awarded the title of professor than Lennart Nilsson. Without having any formal academic training, he has communicated scientific insights to millions of people all over the world. Long before medical visualisation technology became a research field, Lennart Nilsson was doing pioneering work in the area. With his sense of curiosity still intact. Over the years Lennart Nilsson has received quite a number of honours, but by awarding him the honorary title of professor the Government wishes to express our admiration and gratitude for a unique and still ongoing lifework in the service of knowledge, says Minister for Higher Education and Research Lars Leijonborg.
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