IAEA gives several awards to recognize excellence in empirical research on aesthetics and creativity:

The Gustav Theodor Fechner Award for Outstanding Contributions to Empirical Aesthetics
The Sir Francis Galton Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Study of Creativity
The Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten Award for Outstanding Contributions of Young Scientists
German philosopher and psychologist Gustav Theodor Fechner (1811-1887) founded experimental psychology with his work on psychophysics in the 1860s. With the publication of Vorschule der Aesthetik (Preschool of Aesthetics) in 1876, he initiated the domain of experimental aesthetics.
British polymath Sir Francis Galton (1822-1911) made important contributions to domains as diverse as statistics, anthropology, meterorology, and psychometrics. With the publication of his Studies of Hereditary Genius in 1869, he began the scientific study of genius and creativity.
German philosopher Alexander Gottlieb Baumgarten (1714-1762) first used the term “aesthetics” in its modern sense in 1750, thereby giving a name to large areas of study within philosophy and scientific psychology.

These awards honor Fechner, Galton, and Baumgarten as much as they honor the recipients of the awards.
Hans Jürgen Eysenck 1996
Robert Francès 1998
Colin Martindale 2000
Pavel Machotka 2002
Diana Deutsch 2008
Paul Locher 2012
Lisa F. Smith 2014
Dean Keith Simonton 1996
Hans Jürgen Eysenck 1998
Ravenna Helson 2000
Nathan Kogan 2002
Robert Sternberg 2008
Andras Farkas 2002
Helmut Leder 2002
Thomas Jacobsen 2008
Aaron Kozbelt 2008
Marcos Nadal 2014
Martin Tröndle 2014


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