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Doctor Who Composer Delia Derbyshire Receives Posthumous Honorary PHD

Delia Derbyshire, a key member of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, has posthumously received an honorary doctorate from Conventry University. Derbyshire was born in Conventry in 1937 and later attended Cambridge University for math and music with the aid of a scholarship. It was in 1962 that she created the Doctor Who theme from a written score by Ron Grainer, though due to BBC policies and the male-dominated industry, she was not giving a writing credit on the song.

The past year has brought an outpouring of honors for Derbyshire, who would have celebrated her 80th birthday this May. Manchester established Delia Derbyshire Day in January, while Conventry announced plans to name a street after her.