Local Entrepreneur is Awarded Prestigious Honorary Doctorate from Leading University
Dr. Pearse Lyons, president of the Kentucky headquartered company, Alltech, received an honorary doctorate from one of Ireland's leading universities on 3 November 2004. Dr. Lyons, who is Irish born, is a former student of the institute, where he received his undergraduate degree in Biochemistry in the 1960's. The day marked the start of the 150 year anniversary celebrations for University College Dublin, the largest college of the National University of Ireland.
Dr. Lyons pursued his studies after University College Dublin, graduating with a Masters and Ph.D in Brewing Technology, before establishing Alltech in 1980.
Also receiving a doctorate was David Byrne, former European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Protection, who coincidentally was also a keynote speaker at Alltech's 20th Feed Industry Symposium in Kentucky earlier this year. Other recipients included former US Congressman Bruce Morrison, who instigated a green-card lottery for over 50,000 Irish nationals in the 1990's and Michael Flatley, the famous Irish-American who brought a modern version of traditional Irish dancing, 'Lord of the Dance', to international acclaim. The University selected 19 people for their achievements in science, law, socio-economics, politics, arts, and academic excellence.
Speaking after the ceremony, Dr. Lyons said; 'I'm really delighted to be back to my former university where I took my first steps into the scientific arena. This is such an honour, and I am very proud to be here with other great achievers'.
He continued; 'Alltech's success can really be traced back to my days here, where I got the idea of pursuing a Ph.D on a specific strain of yeast. This strain became the basis of Alltech's flagship yeast product: Yea-Sacc?1026.'
Alltech was founded in the 1980 and is headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky. The company is truly multinational, with operations in 76 countries and 1,500 employees around the world.