Three times DJ Awards winner Ritchie Hawtin has been awarded the Honorary Doctorate by the University of Huddersfield for outstanding contribution to the world of music-technology.
Hawtin has been on the global electronic music scene since the turn of the '90s and is the founder of influential lables Plus 8 Records and M-nus.
He is one of eight distinguished individuals from the worlds of media, science, enterprise, politics and the arts to be awarded with honorary doctorates.
The entrapenuer has produced innovitive music under the names Richie Hawtin & Plastikman, he has toured the globe with his events and most recently toured the United States inspriring the next generation to participate more indepth into the electronic music genre, whilst visiting educational institutes.
The award came after one of his fellow partners in his software development company 'Liine' was studying for a PhD in electronic dance music at the University of Huddersfield. Hawtin's work as a producer and DJ were featured heavily in that PhD as it has in a number of academic studies in that subject.