Tuesday 6 December 2016

Life begins at 97 for Trinity's oldest honorary arts graduate

Published 25/06/2016 | 02:30

Physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Professor Peter Higgs, and Josef Veselsky – Trinity’s oldest student. Photo: Maxwells
Physicist and Nobel Prize winner, Professor Peter Higgs, and Josef Veselsky – Trinity’s oldest student. Photo: Maxwells

Being just shy of his 100th birthday didn't stop Josef Veselsky from joining the other graduates convocating from Trinity College yesterday.

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The 97-year-old native of Bratislava, who lost his parents and a brother at Auschwitz, was conferred with an honorary Master of Arts degree. He earned it after resuming his education in 2010 after it was cut short by World War II.

"I'm very proud," he said of being the college's oldest student.

He then joined the graduates' procession to the Examination Hall, led by college chancellor and former President Mary Robinson.

Mr Veselsky moved to Ireland in 1948 following the Czech coup d'etat, and set up a jewellery business. He was also decorated for his role in the Czech underground and Slovak national uprising movements.

Nobel prize-winning physicist Peter Higgs also received a Doctor of Science.

Irish Independent

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