Astronaut Marcus Wandt and quantum physicist and Nobel laureate Anton Zeilinger have been appointed 2024 honorary doctorates at the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Linköping University.

Marcus Wandt, honorary doctor 2024

Marcus Wandt is an astronaut at ESA and chief test pilot at Saab. He is also a lieutenant colonel and fighter pilot in the Swedish Air Force at Norrbotten's air fleet. Marcus Wandt is a civil engineer in electrical engineering at Chalmers University of Technology, which has also appointed him an honorary doctorate.

Porträtt av man på rymdstation (Marcus Wandt)Marcus Wandt, blir hedersdoktor 2024 vid Tekniska högskolan vid Linköpings universitet.Fotograf ESA – Marcus Wandt

Marcus Wandt is appointed honorary doctor of technology. As Sweden's third astronaut in space, he has contributed to an increased interest in technology throughout the country. During his time as chief test pilot at Saab, Marcus Wandt has participated in several research projects in the field of aviation. Just aviation is an important research area for Linköping University where Saab and LiU have a long-term strategic partnership in both research and education

Anton Zeilinger, honorary doctor 2024

Anton Zeilinger is professor emeritus of physics at the University of Vienna, and until 2022 was president of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. Previously, he was scientific director of the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information in Vienna. He has received many prizes and awards during a long career with the Nobel Prize in Physics 2022 as the crowning achievement.

Porträtt av skäggig man (Anton Zeilinger)Anton Zeilinger, utsedd till hedersdoktor 2024 vid Tekniska högskolan vid Linköpings universitet. Fotograf Jacqueline Godany

Anton Zeilinger is named an honorary doctor of technology for his efforts in quantum technology. Among other things, he has done ground-breaking experiments with  "entangled", photons that violate Bell's theorem. The experiment paves the way for quantum information science, which uses quantum mechanical systems for information processing and information transmission, providing higher computing power and more secure communication.


Anyone may nominate a person to become an honorary doctor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering.

Our policy is to primarily appoint scientifically well-qualified professionals with a personal connection to the Faculty of Science and Engineering, with regard to

  • research,
  • doctoral studies or similar scientific exchange, or
  • pedagogical development.

Professionals outside of the academia having made significant contributions to the Faculty may also be appointed as honorary doctors. Generally, however, someone who is already an honorary doctor at another Swedish university or faculty may not become an honorary doctor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at Linköping University.

Nominations (stating the person's full name and preferably including a CV) can be sent to Margareta Johansson, Secretary of the Faculty Board. The deadline for 2024 nominations is 17 January 2024.

Please note that candidates should not be informed about them having been nominated.

Role models are very important. Since a majority of our past honorary doctors are men, the Faculty is actively encouraging the nomination of female candidates. We also strive for an even distribution of honorary doctors across the scope of the Faculty's research and education.

Honorary doctor 2023

Charlotta Sund, president and CEO of Tekniska Verken in Linköping, is the 2023 honorary doctor of the Faculty of Science and Engineering at LiU.

Photo credit Anna Nilsen

Charlotta Sund is promoted for her commitment to collaboration with the University and her strong interest in establishing Linköping and Östergötland as the world’s most resource-efficient region. She is the president and CEO of the municipal company Tekniska Verken in Linköping and has an MSc in Industrial Engineering and Management from Linköping University. Under Charlotta Sund’s lead, Tekniska Verken has further assimilated research results from LiU in areas such as industrial symbiosis, biogas and service development. She thereby contributes to research utilisation and to LiU contributing to important societal goals.

Infrastructure for a resource-efficient society

Watch Charlotta Sund's honorary doctor's lecture from 26 May 2023 (in Swedish).

Honorary doctors 1973-2023

Charlotte Sund

Arnold Tukker, Lena Miranda, Åke Axelsson

No honorary doctors appointed due to the covid-19 pandemic

Jeanette M. Wing, George Malliaras, Cynthia H. McCollough (promoted 2022)

Linda Keeling, Nashwa Eassa, Peter Wallenberg Jr

Jan Carlson

Hiroshi Amano, Marie Rådbo

Drew Berry, Johan Söderström, Jill Trewhella

Thomas L Marzetta, Mathias Schubert

Natalia Dubrovinskaia, Leonid Dubrovinsky, Heli Jantunen

Henry Etzkowitz, Charles W Tu

Göran Lundin

Anders Wijkman, Christer Öjdemark

Michel Gevers, Marie Westrin

Ivan Petrov

Bengt Åke Bengtsson, Malik Ghallab

Li-Chyong Chen, Åke Svensson

Carter Emmart, Neil B Ingels, Carl-Henric Svanberg, Lu Yongxiang

Mireille Bousquet-Mélou, Håkan Eriksson, Fredrik Lundberg, Torsten Sylvén

Sören Gyll, John Woolam

Uno Alfredéen, David L. Allara, Gunnar Björklund, Shulamith Schlick

Luigia Carlucci Aiello, David T. Clark

Isamu Akasaki, Thomas J. Allen, Almas F. Sadreev

Jean-Luc Brédas, Michael Florian, Richard H. Friend

John U Farley, Bengt Halse, Cleve Moler

Maurice C Bonney, Wolfgang Göpel, Shoogo Ueno, Wolfgang Wahlster

Olli Martio, Michael Pepper, Masaru Shiotani

Germund Dahlquist, A. J. Heeger, Mark S Pinsker, Rolf Wirtén

Robert Glass, Thomas Magnanti, Huang Tuy

Arne Bennborn; Palle Pagsberg, Tatsuo Tagawa

Wolfgang Backé, Bjarne Däcker, Viktor P Havin, James L Merz

Joseph E Greene, Gunnar Hoppe

Jerome B Cohen

Thomas Kailath, Alan G MacDiarmid, Homer Warner

Percy Barnevik, Gabor Herman, Ira Horowitz

Stig Hagström, Ingvar Lindqvist, Sigvard Tomner

John H Argyris, John McCarthy, Alfred Fettweis, Tryggve Holm

Erik Bratt, Gene Golub, Ivar Waller

Per-Erik Danielsson, Gösta Luthman

Hans Ahlmann, Grace Murray Hopper, Azriel Rosenfeld

Robert F Rushmer, J C Tanner

Georg B Dantzig, Erik Johnsson, Neville Mott, William Spicer, Maurice V Wilkes

Frid Wänström

Honorary doctors at Linköping University