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At the one hundred and fifty-eighth Commencement at Brown University yesterday, Winthrop John Van Leuven Osterhout, former Professor of Botany at the University, was honored with an honorary degree of doctor of science.
Robert Lincoln O'Brien '91, editor of the Boston Herald, received the honorary degree of doctor of literature from Colby College at its one hundred and fifth Commencement exercises.
Professor Osterhout, who was for 15 years a member of the Botany department at Harvard, resignd from the University last spring to become head of the division of general psychology of the Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research. Professor Osterhout graduated from Brown University in 1893 and spent two years following his graduation an the University of Bonn before taking his doctor's degree at the University of California. In 1909 he came to the University as Assistant Professor of Botany and in 1913 was made Professor of Botany.
Professor Osterhout, who is one of the foremost authorities in the country on plant life, has written several books on this subject. His best known works are "Experiments with Plants", published in 1905, and the "Nature of Life", which was printed for the first time last year. The author is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary member of the Botanical Society of Edinburgh, Scotland, and of numerous other scientific societies. During the first half of last year, Professor Osterhout was absent from the University, during which time he conducted plant experiments in Bermuda.
Following his graduation from Harvard in 1891. Mr. O'Brien served as personal secretary to President Grover Cleveland from his nomination in 1893 till November, 1895. From 1895 until 1910 he was connected with the Boston Transcript, first as Washington correspondent and later as editor. In 1910 he became editor of the Boston Herald, which under his regime has greatly increased its circulation and reputation in the newspaper field.
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