Oxford Brookes pays tribute to Honorary Graduate Sir Roger Bannister

Monday, 05 March 2018

Sir Roger Bannister receiving his honorary degree

Oxford Brookes has paid tribute to Sir Roger Bannister, an icon of British sport and leading neurologist, who sadly died at the age of 88 on Saturday (3 March).

Sir Roger was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University in 2014

Best known for his athletic achievements, Sir Roger was celebrated around the world for being the first person to run a mile in under four minutes, which he achieved at the Iffley Road track in Oxford on 6 May 1954. 

As well as an illustrious career in sport, he became a leading neurologist and published papers on clinical disorders and made major contributions to the field of autonomic nervous system research.

Professor Alistair Fitt, Vice-Chancellor of Oxford Brookes University, said: “We were saddened to hear the news that Sir Roger Bannister had passed away. 

“Although he was known all over the world for his sporting prowess, he also had a long and successful career in medicine.

“Oxford Brookes is proud to have awarded Roger an honorary doctorate in recognition of his achievements. He was a true inspiration to both our students and staff.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his friends and family at this sad time.”