Many Rhodes Scholars have been awarded honorary degrees by the University of Oxford in recognition of exceptional achievements.

Rhodes Scholars who were awarded honorary degrees from the University of Oxford in the special Rhodes anniversary years of 1953 (50th anniversary), 1983 (80th anniversary), and 2003 (centenary celebrations) are listed below, together with other years. 

J. William Fulbright as Rhodes Scholar for Arkansas, 1925

 1934

  • Edwin Hubble (Illinois & Queen's 1910) - astronomer

1937

  • Frank Aydelotte (Indiana & Brasenose 1905) - President of Swarthmore College (1921-1940), Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, and American Secretary to the Rhodes Trust (1918-1952)

1945

  • Hon. Jan Hofmeyr (South African College School, Newlands & Balliol 1910) - South African intellectual and politician, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance and Education

1946

  •  Sir Albert Rivett (Victoria and Lincoln 1907) – Australian chemist and science administrator

1952

  • Mr Justice John Read (Nova Scotia & University College 1910) - Judge, International Court of Justice

1953 - 50th anniversary of the Rhodes Scholarships

  • C. Marius Barbeau (Québec & Oriel 1907) - Canadian ethnographer
  • Albert van de Sandt Centlivres (South African College School, Newlands & New College 1907) - Chief Justice, Union of South Africa
  • Senator J. William Fulbright (Arkansas & Pembroke 1925) - Senator for Arkansas, and author of the Fulbright scholarship program
  • Sir Edmund Herring (Victoria & New College 1912) - Lieutenant-Governor and Chief Justice of Victoria
  • Wilder Penfield (New Jersey & Merton 1914) - Director of Montreal Neurological Institute, McGill University

1957

  • Professor John Fulton (Minnesota and Magdalen 1921) – Sterling Professor of the History of Medicine, Yale University
  • Frederick Hovde (North Dakota and Brasenose 1929) – former President of Purdue University, Indiana
  • William MacMillan (Boys High School, Stellenbosch and Merton 1903) – historian

1959

  •  Very Revd John Lowe (Ontario and Christ Church 1922) - former Dean of Christ Church, Oxford from 1939-1959 and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford from 1949-1951

1960

  • Robert Aitken (New Zealand and Balliol 1924) - physician and former Vice-Chancellor of Birmingham University
  • Henry Moe (USA-at-Large and Brasenose 1919) - former head of the Guggenheim Foundation and President of the American Philosophical Society from 1959-1970

1963

  • Sir Arthur Espie Porritt (New Zealand and Magdalen 1923) – Lord Porritt of Wanganui and Hampstead, President of the Royal College of Surgeons and Fellow of Magdalen  

1967

  • Professor Sir William Hancock (Australia-at-Large and Balliol 1920) - academic, historian, and author

1970

  • HE the Rt Hon Roland Michener (Alberta and Hertford 1919) - lawyer, politician, diplomat and former Governor General of Canada from 1967-1974

1974

  • Professor Sir John Eccles (Victoria and Magdalen 1925) - Neurophysiologist and winner of the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine

1975

  • Professor Arnold C. Smith (Ontario and Christ Church 1935) - Canadian diplomat and first  Commonwealth Secretary-General, serving from 1965-1975

1983 - 80th anniversary of the Rhodes Scholarships

  • Rt. Hon. Sir Zelman Cowen (Victoria & New College 1941) - Governor-General of Australia
  • Don K. Price (Tennessee & Merton 1932) - Emeritus Professor of Government and Public Management at Harvard University
  • Hon. Gordon Robertson (Saskatchewan & Exeter 1938) - Secretary to the Canadian Cabinet
  • General Bernard Rogers (Kansas & University College 1947) - Supreme Allied Commander Europe
  • Robert Penn Warren (Kentucky & New College 1928) - U.S. novelist, poet and Emeritus Professor of English at Yale University

1994

  • President William Clinton (Arkansas & University 1968) - President of the United States

1998

  • Professor Neil Rudenstine (Connecticut and New College 1956) - former President of Harvard University

 2002

  • Dr James Billington (New Jersey and Balliol 1950) - academic and thirteenth Librarian of the United States Congress

2003

  • Senator Bill Bradley (Missouri and Worcester 1965) - Senator from New Jersey

2003 - special honorary degrees to mark the Centenary of the Rhodes Scholarships

  • Dr John Brademas (Indiana & Brasenose 1950) - U.S. Congressman, and President of New York University
  • Hon. Bob Hawke (Western Australia & University College 1953) - Prime Minister of Australia
  • Professor Rex Nettleford (Jamaica & Oriel 1957) - Vice-Chancellor of the University of the West Indies
  • Dr David Woods (Natal & University College 1963) - Vice-Chancellor of Rhodes University, South Africa

2008

  • Montek Singh Ahluwalia (India & Magdalen 1964) - Economist and Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Government of India

 2011

  • Justice Edwin Cameron (South Africa-at-Large & Keble 1976) Dr James Billington (New Jersey and Balliol 1950) - Constitutional Court justice in South Africa, for the associated news story, click here

 2012

  • Professor Charles Taylor (Québec & Balliol 1952) - philosopher and Emeritus Professor at McGill University, for the associated news story, click here


Professor Rex Nettleford