Baroness Lynda Chalker, a British Conservative politician, was a member of parliament in the United Kingdom from 1974 to 1992. She became a life peer in 1992. As a trustee of the UCT Trust in the United Kingdom, she has supported needy black students.
Chalker founded the Chalker Foundation for Africa, which supports medical knowledge and training in Africa. She is also chairperson of the board of the Medicines for Malaria Venture, founder and chairperson of Africa Matters Limited, and a founder board member of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust.
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The university has bestowed high academic honours in the form of degrees awarded honoris causa on the following distinguished men and women.