Man gets 2 doctorates at once

August 08, 1994|By New York Times News Service

A Purdue University student yesterday became the first in the nation to be awarded two doctorates simultaneously.

As 800 graduates crossed the stage yesterday in West Lafayette, Ind., the procession halted as Harry Kloor, 31, of Portland, Ore., was double-hooded with two blue, black and gold robes -- one for his Ph.D. in physics, the other for his Ph.D. in chemistry.

Dr. Kloor's adviser, Ephraim Fischbach, said he was amazed that his student had "written two independent, brilliant theses in completely different fields; I've never seen anything like it."

Dr. Fischbach said Purdue officials had checked with the National Research Council, the Council of Graduate Schools and the Department of Education, and all agreed that Dr. Kloor was the first student to earn simultaneous doctorates.

It was nothing new to Dr. Kloor. In 1986, he earned simultaneous bachelor's degrees, also in physics and chemistry, graduating summa cum laude from Southern Oregon State College.

"In my opinion," Dr. Kloor said before yesterday's ceremony, "anybody could do this if they set their mind to it. I actually believe that."

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