Honorary doctorate from the University of Glasgow for Martin Lohse
The University of Glasgow has awarded an honorary doctorate of science, DSc, to the head of ISAR Bioscience on the occasion of its Commemoration Day. At its deliberately pro-European founding celebration, the university presented several such awards for excellence in science and its communication.
In his laudation, Professor Graeme Milligan described Lohse as one of the world’s leading receptor researchers and pharmacologists. His fundamental contributions showed how receptors function and how they are regulated. In this way, he said, the Munich pharmacologist had laid the foundation for the development of innovative drugs. He is also known for his ability to develop new theories and explain complex issues in simple terms. With his working group, Martin Lohse founded a scientific “school” whose members now hold leading positions in science and the pharmaceutical industry, not only in Germany but throughout Europe, especially in Great Britain and Scotland, in Asia and in the USA.
Together with Martin Lohse, other scientists were honored with honorary doctorates: the jurist Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the economist Mario Monti, former EU Commissioner and Italian Prime Minister from 2011 to 2013, and Johann-Dietrich Wörner, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA) until 2021 and currently President of the German Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech).
Dame Katherine Grainger, chancellor of the university, highlighted the importance of the honorees to European science. “With the honorary doctorates, we not only want to honor and celebrate these incredible scientists, but at the same time strengthen our university’s ties in Europe.”