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Sir Ranulph Fiennes gets Plymouth University honorary doctorate

Sir Ranulph Fiennes (pic: PA)
Image caption Sir Ranulph ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days in 2003

Explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science by Plymouth University.

He became the first man to reach both North and South Poles by land, and the oldest Briton to climb Everest in 2009 at the age of 65.

Sir Ranulph told BBC News: "It's a great honour... I'm very grateful to Plymouth University."

The explorer, who lives on Exmoor, was given the doctorate during a graduation ceremony at Plymouth Hoe.

Sir Ranulph ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days in 2003 and climbed the treacherous north face of the Eiger in Switzerland in 2007.

Television presenter Philip Schofield will also be awarded an honorary doctorate by the university for his stage and television career on Friday.

Vice chancellor Prof Wendy Purcell said: "Each year we have the privilege of bestowing the highest academic honours upon a select number of distinguished people whose achievements reflect the mission and values of our university across a range of disciplines.

"I am very proud of all our graduates - they distinguish this university through their efforts."

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