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    Tenzin Gyatso, was recognized as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama at the age of two. He is the spiritual leader of Tibet. He has received over 60 honorary doctorates from academic institutions all over the world, in addition to a Nobel Peace Prize, a Franklin D. Roosevelt Freedom Medal and several other prestigious awards.
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    Elie Wiesel, the author, Holocaust survivor and Nobel Peace Prize winner estimates he has received more than 100 honorary degrees. "God knows I have received many degrees," Wiesel told the Boston Globe in 2001. "I would say I have probably received more than 100." Wiesel received his first honorary degree in 1967 from the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York.
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    Poet, educator, dramatist, producer, historian, filmmaker and civil rights activist Maya Angelou has received over 30 honorary degrees. She is the author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, published in 1970. It was the first of Angelou's six autobiographical novels. Angelou is also the first African American female poet laureate in U.S. history.
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    Sir David Attenborough was a British broadcast journalist who is famous for his natural history programs, most notably the Life series which aired on the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Attenborough has received at least 30 honorary degrees from British universities alone, more than any other person.
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    Jazz pianist and composer Billy Taylor received over 20 honorary degrees in his lifetime. He was also awarded the 1992 U.S. National Medal of Arts and named a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master. Taylor was one of the founders of the Jazz Foundation of America, and worked to save the homes and lives of many jazz musicians who survived Hurricane Katrina.
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    Lebanese scholar and diplomat Charles Malik was the president of the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council. He received over 50 honorary degrees and held professorships at several American universities including Harvard, American University and Dartmouth College. He is quoted as saying, "The fastest way to change society is to mobilize the women of the world."
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    Buddhist philosopher, peace-builder, educator, and writer Daisaku Ikeda has received 324 academic honors, including more than 100 honorary doctorates from academic institutions all over the world. Ikeda is the founder and president of Soka Gakkai International, a Buddhist association with more than 12 million members in 192 countries.
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