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A DICKENS biographer, an admiral and a professor of cybernetics will receive honorary awards at this year’s graduation ceremonies at the University of Portsmouth.

Claire Tomalin, pictured, author of many highly acclaimed biographies, including Charles Dickens: A Life – is to be recognised with an honorary doctorate.

Rear Admiral John Lippiett, who has had a 36-year career in the Royal Navy, graduates as a Doctor of Laws on July 24.

He held three jobs as rear admiral and was awarded a CB for his service to the Royal Navy and Nato and an MBE for hurricane relief operations in Dominica. He retired from the navy in 2003 and became chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust, an organisation with which the university has strong links. For the last nine years he has led a project to preserve and display King Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, together with the collection of artefacts that belong to her.

Kevin Warwick, Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading, becomes a Doctor of Science on July 20.

His award recognises his contribution to the development of cybernetics, artificial intelligence and control engineering, and specifically his support for the university’s own research in this area.