7 Canadians with more than a dozen honorary degrees

Top marks for these scientists, politicians, judge and author
Author Margaret Atwood applauds as Will Ferguson gives his acceptance speech after winning with the Giller Prize after winning the award for his book "419" in Toronto on Tuesday October 30, 2012. Photo: Chris Young for Macleans
Author Margaret Atwood (Chris Young)

Writers, astronauts, pioneering female scientists—these Canadians have achieved remarkable things through their work, and probably have a gown pressed and ready to receive their next honorary degree:

1. Number of degrees: 38 Louise Arbour, former Supreme Court justice and past United Nations high commissioner for human rights. Includes Abo Akademi University in Finland, and the National University of Ireland.

2. 37: Stephen Lewis, board chair of the Stephen Lewis Foundation and former UN secretary-general’s special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. Includes Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University in the U.S.

3. 28: Biologist and conservationist David Suzuki. Includes Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia, and Open University in Milton Keynes, England4. 24: Physician, scientist and astronaut Roberta Bondar. Includes University of Western Ontario and Niagara University in New York.

5. 19: Distinguished poet and novelist Margaret Atwood. Includes Harvard University and the Royal Military College of Canada.

6. 16: Former prime minister Jean Chrétien. Includes Meiji University in Tokyo and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

7. 13: Senator and retired Lt.-Gen. Roméo Dallaire. Includes Boston College and City University of New York.

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