Annette Schavan, the education minister of Germany, has lost her Ph.D. title that was given to her by the University of Duesseldorf, where she got her doctorate degree in philosophy just over 30 years ago. The university claims that Schavan copied part of her thesis work. Schavan denies the plagiarism accusations.
Schavan isn’t the first famous person who has had fingers pointed at her for plagiarism. Pal Schmitt, Hungary’s president from 2010 to 2012, resigned from the post last year because he was accused of having copied other people’s work and passed it on as his own in his thesis that he wrote at a university about 20 years ago.
Image Credits: Laurence Chaperon for Schavan’s photograph