Tufts President Lawrence S. Bacow
awarded Lynn Margulis an honorary degree during the University's
2006 Commencement ceremonies on Sunday, May 21, 2006.
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Mass. [05.21.06] Lynn Margulis, as a young investigator, you issued a brave challenge to conventional thinking, and revolutionized natural science. You set out to prove that simple life took its first crucial steps on the road to complexity with the merger of two microbes. The scientific establishment initially greeted your genius with disbelief. Yet, over decades, your hypothesis and research proved true. Today your peers recognize symbiogenesis as a profound contribution to evolutionary dialogue. Your scholarship spans tiny bacteria to the whole Earth itself, shedding light on life at both the microbial and global scale. You generously share your wonder of science with a curious public, ranging from school children to doctoral students, to readers who enjoy the graceful prose of your delightfully understandable books. For your path-breaking work on the origin of cells and profound contributions to science, President Clinton awarded you the National Medal of Science in 1999. Your membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the Russian Academy of Natural Science underscores the international acclaim your work commands. Tufts University embraces great teaching and great research. Lynn Margulis, you excel at both. For your extraordinary contributions to our understanding of the origins of species, Tufts University presents you with the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.