The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya presented an honorary doctorate — the
first in its 25-year history — to Washington University in St. Louis Chancellor Mark
S. Wrighton for his long-standing contribution to academia, science and service.
Wrighton received the honorary doctor of philosophy degree during a January 6
ceremony at the university in Herzliya, Israel. Founded in 1994, IDC Herzliya is a
premier research institution and a McDonnell International Scholars Academy
Uriel Reichman, president and founder of IDC Herzliya, recognized Wrighton for
his vision in creating the McDonnell International Scholars Academy, an international network of research universities that is developing future leaders committed to promoting global awareness and social responsibility.
“This great partnership has led to considerable collaborative work in research and learning in aging, energy and sustainability,” Reichman said.
He also noted Wrighton’s own contributions to chemistry as the author of 300
scholarly articles and holder of 16 patents as well as his leadership as chancellor
at Washington University in St. Louis, which has grown in both size and stature during Wrighton’s nearly 24-year tenure.