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Last Updated: Sunday, 8 July 2007, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
Bear author given honorary degree
Michael Bond OBE Paddington Bear
Mr Bond lives in London, not far from Paddington Station
The Berkshire-born creator of Paddington Bear has been given an honorary degree by Reading university.

Michael Bond OBE, who wrote his first story about the marmalade-eating bear in 1958, was made an Honorary Doctor of Letters.

Mr Bond, 81, was born in Newbury and studied in Reading but lives in London.

Baroness Hale of Richmond, who became the first female Law Lord in 2004, was made an Honorary Doctor of Laws at the ceremony at the University of Reading.

Professor Gordon Marshall, vice chancellor, said: "Michael Bond is Berkshire born and bred and has strong connections with Reading and it is highly appropriate we recognise his contribution to literature, and the enjoyment he has given many readers.

"Baroness Hale is an inspiration and stands for everything we hope our law graduates will go on to achieve."

Mr Bond was educated at Presentation College, Reading, and during World War II he served in both the Royal Air Force and the Middlesex Regiment of the British Army.

He began writing in 1945 and his first book, A Bear Called Paddington, was published in 1958.

In 1997 he was awarded the OBE for services to children's literature.

Mr Bond is married with two children and lives not far from Paddington Station.

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