World-renowned scientist Professor Sir Graham Teasdale has been honoured by the University of Sunderland.
The neurosurgeon invented the Glasgow Coma Scale which is used in hospitals worldwide to measure the progress of head injury victims.
He received his Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Chancellor Steve Cram in recognition of his outstanding contribution in the field of neuroscience and neurosurgery.
Professor Teasdale was born in Spennymoor, County Durham, training at Durham Medical School and later the Institute of Neurological Sciences in Glasgow.
He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 2006 New Year Honours list for services to neurosurgery and victims of head injuries.
"It is a tremendous day for me and my family," said Professor Teasdale.