Indian-born Nobel economics laureate Amartya Sen is due to deliver a lecture in South Africa this week and receive yet another honorary doctorate.
But, according to an interview published by the Johannesburg-based Sunday Times newspaper, the 73-year-old Cambridge-educated professor does not keep count of the honorary doctorates he has received.
"I make a point of not counting: it's what my research assistant tells me. I'm in mortal danger of getting to a hundred," Sen was quoted as saying by the newspaper.
The acclaimed economist, who won the Nobel in 1998 for his contribution to development economics, was speaking from his home in Boston, Massachusetts, in the US.
Sen was due to deliver the annual Nadine Gordimer Lecture, named after the South African Nobel Prize winning author, at Johannesburg's Wits University.