2020 HBES Lifetime Career Award Winner

From the lifetime career award committee (Elizabeth Cashdan, Randy Thornhill, and John Tooby)


Congratulations to Prof. David Perrett, winner of the 2020 HBES Lifetime Career Award for Distinguished Scientific Contribution. Prof. Perrett was lauded by colleagues and former students for his pioneering research on human face perception, which he has studied from both a neuropsychological and evolutionary perspective. He is best known for his research on the relationship between facial attractiveness and health and psychological traits, which he has studied using innovative computer-graphic techniques.

Perrett’s work has been highly influential both within academia (an h-index of 93 in Web of Science and many awards) and with the public, the latter through a popular book (In Your Face: The New Science of Human Attraction) and wide coverage by major media outlets. Perrett’s influence has also been broadly felt within the HBES community through the many graduate students and postdocs he has trained, many of whom have gone on to leading academic careers of their own.

Our committee received nominations for five extraordinary scholars, whose groundbreaking research speaks well for the stature and future of HBES. We wish to thank the people who took the time to submit nominations and write letters on their behalf, and to let them know that all nominations for this award will now be automatically reconsidered for a period of three years.

You can learn more about Dr. Perrett and his work by reading here.