Ethereum’s Vitalik Buterin awarded an honorary doctorate by University of Basel
Switzerland’s oldest institute, University of Basel, has awarded Ethereum co-founder Vitalik Buterin with an honorary doctorate. The award came in recognition of Buterin’s contribution to ‘Promoting decentralization and equal rights of participation in the digital revolution, as well as for his achievements in relation to cryptocurrencies, smart contracts, and institutional design.’
University of Basel made the announcement yesterday on Twitter about the presentation.
.@VitalikButerin receives an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Basel. The co-founder of @ethereum has made outstanding achievements in the fields of #cryptocurrencies, smart contracts and the design of institutions. pic.twitter.com/6d6ftTG56n
— University of Basel (@UniBasel_en) November 30, 2018
In the past, Buterin has achieved several awards for his contribution to the world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Out of those, the World Technology Award which he received in 2014 is one of the most prominent ones. Winning the award after beating the likes of Facebook’s founder, Mark Zukerberg, was an achievement in itself.
Perhaps, one of the biggest news related to Buterin was the fact that he was approached by Google to head a secretive blockchain project. He said on social media that he had to turn down the offer as he was engrossed in bringing up Ethereum and wasn’t ready to give up on it.
He also received a bronze medal in the 24th International Olympiad in Informatics that was held in Italy. It was hosted by UNESCO to promote the development and interest in people related to Information technology.
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