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Canadian novelist Margaret Atwood was among eight people to receive honorary doctorates from Cambridge University.

Prince Philip, the husband of Queen Elizabeth II and Cambridge's chancellor, awarded the degrees in a ceremony Friday at the university's Senate House.

Atwood, who won the prestigious Booker Prize last year for her novel "The Blind Assassin," was made a doctor of letters.

Michael Frayn, author of the Tony Award-winning play "Copenhagen," a dense drama about physics and friendship, also received an honorary doctorate.

Other honorees were: Sydney Brenner, professor at the Salk Institute of Biological Studies in California; Robert Edwards, professor emeritus of human reproduction at Cambridge; Sir Samuel Frederick Edwards, Cambridge physics professor emeritus; Princeton University philosophy professor David Kellogg Lewis; Northwestern University chemistry professor John Anthony Pople; and Mamphela Ramphele, managing director of the World Bank.

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