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Sir Roger Bannister will receive an honorary doctorate from Oxford Brookes later this morning. Sir Roger completed his own medical degree at the University of Oxford, and was the first person to run a four minute mile in 1954.
Sir Roger will join students completing their studies from the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences in a ceremony later.
After completing his medical studies at the University of Oxford and St Mary's Hospital, London, Sir Roger combined a career in research with clinical practice as a neurologist for twenty years. He retired as Master of Pembroke College, University of Oxford in 1993.
Being the first person to run a sub-four-minute mile Sir Roger has always maintained a keen interest in athletics and served as the first Chairman of the Sports Council, which led to a knighthood in 1975. He was also President of the International Council for Sport and Physical Recreation.