Techno legend Richie Hawtin has been awarded an honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield for his outstanding contribution to music technology.
The British-born DJ–he moved to Canada at the age of nine–was presented with the honor after a PhD student and business partner of Hawtin’s featured Richie’s work as both a DJ and producer in his thesis. Hawtin, who has been producing and spinning for 25 years and is responsible for Plastikman, ENTER. parties, and the pioneering techno label Plus 8, put his own university degree on hold when his career started to take off and has said via his Facebook page that it was a “great privilege” to accept the degree.
If the concept of Dr. Hawtin isn’t quite cool enough on its own, some of you might recognise another familiar face in the picture above. Richie was presented with his doctorate by none other than Sir Patrick Stewart, the chancellor of the University of Huddersfield and famous actor in Star Trek, a show Hawtin says fuelled his desire to make music and experiment with music technology as a child.
Richie is also hoping that his new-found academic links will help him advance CNTRL, a project that tours college campuses in order to teach students about music technology.