Vitalik Buterin Awarded Honorary Doctorate from University of Basel

The creator of ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, has just been awarded an honorary doctorate for his work on blockchain innovation.

AccessTimeIconNov 30, 2018 at 1:35 p.m. UTC
Updated Sep 13, 2021 at 8:38 a.m. UTC

The creator of ethereum, Vitalik Buterin, has just been awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Basel.

Now Dr. Buterin, Vitalik received the recognition from the institution's Faculty of Business and Economics for his work on blockchain development at the Dies Academicus – an annual celebration of the founding of the university – on Friday.

Prof. Aleksander Berentsen, dean of the business faculty, said, “Vitalik’s blockchain innovations are game changing. He has blazed a trail for science and industry to follow and work together.”

In an announcement, the faculty said it is honoring as "exceptionally creative and innovative thinker who has played a decisive role in shaping the digital revolution of our time."

Further, Vitalik's research interests in game theory, economic incentives and governance are shared by the faculty, as well as its Center for Innovative Finance, it said.

Vitalik said in the announcement:

"I’m honored to have received an honorary doctorate from the University of Basel, the oldest University of Switzerland. Switzerland is well known for its innovative blockchain research.”

When just 19 years old, Vitalik published the article "Ethereum: A Next Generation Smart Contract & Decentralized Application Platform," which turned out to be "groundbreaking for the decentralization of software applications," the faculty said.

His research to date has been published without an academic degree and without any connections to a university.

The news comes as ethereum is preparing for a new upgrade, ethereum 1x, that proposes to scale the platform in the short to medium term.

Award ceremony image courtesy of the University of Basel


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