Paralympian Oscar Pistorius to be honoured by Scots university

Paralympian Oscar Pistorius is to be honoured by a Scottish university.

The South African sprinter, nicknamed the Blade Runner, will be given an honorary degree by Strathclyde University in Glasgow.

Pistorius made history this summer by competing in both the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games where he won two golds and a silver.

Last year he became the first paralympian to win a medal at an abled bodied competition when he took part in the 2011 World Athletics Championships.

This autumn the university will also give honorary degrees to Travis singer Fran Healey, Nobel Prize winning cell biologist Sir Paul Nurse, EU chief scientific adviser Professor Anne Glover and Professor Neil Gershenfeld, director of the centre for bits and atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Strathclyde University principal Professor Sir Jim McDonald said: "It is with great pleasure that we prepare to bestow honorary degrees on five such distinguished figures this autumn.

"Each of our honorary graduands has excelled in their chosen field, and each has touched the lives of many others around the world. As a leading international technological university committed to excellence, it is fitting that we recognise their inspiring achievements and we look forward to welcoming them to the university in November."

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