Linus Torvalds to receive Finnish honorary doctorateJan 27, 2000, 18:20 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin Vermeer)
Coming spring, the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Helsinki (Linus's alma mater) will award an honorary doctorate to Linus Torvalds. Dr. Torvalds already was awarded a similar honour by the University of Stockholm.
In the grounds stated by the promotion committee, programming work is likened to the original forms of academic research. Like scientists of days gone by, Internetworked computer hobbyists work independently, but depending upon each other for peer review, without motives of economic gain. [my transl.]
Source: dead tree daily "100", distributed freely (as in beer) on Helsinki public transport. No Web reference.