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
The Robert Francès Award for Most Outstanding Student Research Contribution

These awards honor Fechner, Galton, and Baumgarten as much as they honor the recipients of the awards.

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.
French experimental psychologist Robert Francès (1919-2012) was one of the founders of IAEA in 1965. His research focused on psychology of aesthetics and psychology of music.
Hans Jürgen Eysenck 1996
Robert Francès 1998
Colin Martindale 2000
Pavel Machotka 2002
Diana Deutsch 2008
Paul Locher 2012
Lisa F. Smith 2014
Jeffrey K. Smith 2016
Dean Keith Simonton 1996
Hans Jürgen Eysenck 1998
Ravenna Helson 2000
Nathan Kogan 2002
Robert Sternberg 2008
Andras Farkas 2002
Helmut Leder
Thomas Jacobsen 2008
Aaron Kozbelt
Marcos Nadal 2014
Martin Tröndle
Matthew Pelowski 2016
Pablo Tinio
Robert Francès Award
Shih-Ting Huang 2010
Benjamin van Buren
Yi-wan Lu 2012
Francesco Walker 2016
Paul Elvers
Michelle Oraa Ali


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