In Honor Of


The FABBS’s “In Honor Of…” program recognizes eminent, senior scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior.

Current Honoree

Irving I. Gottesman standing outside his office in the Department of Psychology, Elliott Hall, at the University of Minnesota, October, 2009. Note the prestigious Dobzhansky Award certificate on his door, given to him in June 1990.
Photo credit: Nancy L. Segal
In Memory Of…Irving I. Gottesman
Honoring scientists who have made important and lasting contributions to the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior

29 December 1930 – 29 June 2016
Professor Irving I. Gottesman—fondly known to friends and colleagues as Irv—enjoyed an extraordinary career that coupled careful empirical analysis with novel and incisive conceptual thinking.  Looking to the data and not bound by extant views of behavior, his work upended the view that prevailed at the beginning of his career, which held that variation in behavior exclusively reflected the effects of the environment.  Indeed, Gottesman profoundly changed thinking about psychopathology and about the sources of variation in behavior more broadly.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio to Hungarian-Romanian Jewish immigrants, and a science enthusiast from an early age, Irv began studying physics while serving as an officer in the United States Navy.  He later switched to psychology, completing his Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota,

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Selection Process

Is there an eminent, senior scientist to whom you would like to pay tribute, while simultaneously demonstrating your support for the sciences of mind, brain, and behavior? Through Fabbs “In Honor Of…” program, individuals can make donations that recognize senior scientists for his or her achievements and contributions.

The FABBS Foundation Board will periodically select honorees who have been nominated by their peers. These individuals will receive recognition on our website, including a biographical sketch, photograph, and listing of those who contributed to the honoree’s campaign. This is a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone who has had a lasting impact on our sciences.

We encourage you to submit nominations for the “In Honor Of…” program to the Executive Director.