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Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin receives honorary doctorate from the University of Basel

Ethereum founder Vitalik Buterin receives honorary doctorate from the University of Basel

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Marcus Misiak –
01.12.2018

The co-founder of Ethereum, Vitalik Buterin has been awarded the dignity of the oldest Swiss University, the University of Basel, with the honorary doctorate.

The, founded in 1460, the University organized the so-called dies Academicus ceremony every year in honor of various deserving personalities for their contributions to science and society. This year’s award winners were also appointed to the honorary doctors. This year’s award winners were:

Ethereum Co-Founder Vitalik Buterin
Hospice Founder, Verena Grether
Medical Engineer, Robert Riener
A Federal Judge, Thomas Stadelmann
Neuroscientist, Thomas R. Island
Theologian Hans-Martin Barth
Illustrator, Armin Coray
Economist Beatrice Weder di Mauro, who was also awarded with the Alumni award.

Vitalik Buterin, only 24 years old, received the honorary doctor of the faculty of Economics of the University would. According to the University of Basel, he received the award for the following reasons.

[Vitalik Buterin] received the award for his contribution to the promotion of decentralization and the equality of participation in the digital Revolution as well as its performance in relation to crypto currencies, Smaert Contracts and institutional design.

The co-founder and inventor of the “Ethereum” – a decentralized platform based on the Blockchain technology – and has posted his scientific publications without a degree and without a binding to a University.

The Wunderkind Vitalik Buterin

It is worth noting that Vitalik 2014 has left the University of Waterloo, to pursue his dreams in technology. Prior to the departure Buterin received the two-year Thiel fellowship, which awards $ 100,000 to 20 promising innovators under the age of 20, so you can keep track of your inventions instead of a University education.

The award is the first for Vitalik Buterin, has already received several awards for his contributions and efforts in the technology sector. In November 2014, the co-founder of Ethereum received the World Technology Award in the category “IT Software”. With the awarding of the prize Buterin joined a venerable list of Tech luminaries such as Elon Musk, founder of PayPal, Tesla and SpaceX. Buterin was honored just a few months after the release of the Ethereum whitepaper with the award.

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