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Historian Romila Thapar awarded doctorate of letters by Oxford University

Historian Romila Thapar has been awarded a doctorate of letters and an honorary degree by the Oxford University.

South African writer JM Coetzee and British actor Paul Scofield have also been awarded doctorate of letters and honorary degrees, officials announced on Monday.

Thapar, a professor of history at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, has written seminal works on India's past and has pioneered the study of the legends of early Indian history as myths.

Coetzee has twice won Britain's prestigious Booker Prize and is now professor of social thought at the University of Chicago.

Scofield won an Oscar for his 1966 portrayal of Sir Thomas More in A Man for All Seasons.

Dame Rosalyn Higgins, the first woman to be elected as a judge of the International Court of Justice, also receives a doctorate in civil law. She represented Britain in its efforts to prosecute the bombers of PanAm Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland.

The degrees will be conferred at a ceremony at Oxford University on June 19.

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