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King Olav V

King Olav V of Norway, left, with Lord Todd of Trumpington and Sir Samuel Curran at an honorary degree ceremony at the University of Strathclyde in 1966. A degree was conferred on King Olav in recognition of the long-standing relationship between the University and its predecessor institutions and Norway.

Norwegians provided a high proportion of overseas students at the Royal Technical College after the Second World War, mainly in engineering. Links were further strengthened by the development of the oil industry in the North Sea and by 1974 over 1,000 Norwegians had graduated from the College and the University.

King Olav V reigned from 1957 until his death in 1991, when he was succeeded by his son, King Harald V. In 1993 the King Harald Trophy was established, an annual award made to the top shipbuilding student in the University's Ship and Marine Technology Department.

Born in Glasgow, Alexander Todd was a professor of chemistry at the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge. Famous for his work in biochemistry, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1957. He was appointed the first Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde in 1964, a post he held until 1991.

Reference: P4/217/1

Reproduced with the permission of Strathclyde University Archives

Keywords:
biochemistry, chancellors, chemistry, chemists, engineering, graduation ceremonies, honorary degrees, King Harald Trophy, Nobel Prize for Chemistry, Norwegians, professors, Royal Technical College, Ship and Marine Technology Department, students, University of Strathclyde



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