THE chief executive of the Mary Rose Trust has been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Portsmouth.
Rear Admiral John Lippiett, 63, graduated as a Doctor of Law during a ceremony at Portsmouth Guildhall yesterday.
It comes as the trust prepares to open a new £35m Mary Rose museum at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard later this year.
Rear Admiral Lippiett joined the trust as chief executive after retiring from the Royal Navy in 2003.
A university spokesman said: ‘For the last nine years John has led a remarkable project to preserve and display King Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, together with the extraordinary collection of artefacts that belong to her.’
Rear Admiral Lippiett had a 36-year career in the Royal Navy and was executive officer of HMS Ambuscade during the Falklands War.
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.
The university has also awarded honorary doctorates this year to Claire Tomalin who is the author of Charles Dickens: A Life, published to mark the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth in Portsmouth, and to Kevin Warwick who is Professor of Cybernetics at the University of Reading.