[an error occurred while processing this directive]
BBC News
watch One-Minute World News
Last Updated: Thursday, 22 June 2006, 13:02 GMT 14:02 UK
Rowling thinks degree is wizard
JK Rowling
JK Rowling is the patron of the MS Society Scotland
Harry Potter author JK Rowling is to receive an honorary degree from Aberdeen University for helping multiple sclerosis (MS) research.

The best-selling writer, who lost her mother to the disease, will receive a Doctor of Laws next month.

The author, patron of the MS Society Scotland, has won fans across the world for her tales of the apprentice wizard.

She said: "I am extremely honoured to be receiving this honorary degree from such a distinguished university."

The fight against the debilitating disease has been close to Rowling's heart since her mother died from the condition at the age of 45.

She has made a large donation to help set up a MS research centre in Edinburgh.

The author will receive her degree on 6 July.

MS is a condition of the central nervous system that impairs the brain's ability to transmit instructions to the muscles.




BBC NEWS: VIDEO AND AUDIO
See how the centre aims to help MS sufferers



SEE ALSO
Rowling gives boost to MS centre
19 Apr 06 |  Edinburgh and East
Author speaks of 'MS scandal'
16 Nov 03 |  Entertainment
Rowling backs MS research
04 Dec 02 |  Scotland

RELATED INTERNET LINKS
The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites



FEATURES, VIEWS, ANALYSIS
Has China's housing bubble burst?
How the world's oldest clove tree defied an empire
Why Royal Ballet principal Sergei Polunin quit

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific