Melinda French Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation had her honorary doctorate at Karolinska Institutet formally conferred on 6 August 2012. At a ceremony in Nobel Forum, Stockholm, Sweden, she received her hat, diploma and ring from the Dean of Research as testimony to her status.
In 2007, Bill and Melinda Gates were appointed honorary doctors of medicine at Karolinska Institutet in recognition of their support for scientific work on global health issues at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The award recognizes the couple’s active and long-term contribution to improving human health where the need is greatest, achieved through their work with partners worldwide.
Bill Gates’ honorary doctorate was conferred in 2008.