ISIR Lifetime Achievement Award
ISIR has awarded Professors Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski its highest honour: the Lifetime Achievement Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Field of Intelligence. Congratulations to them both.
Professors Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski are best known for leading the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth (SMPY). This study is globally unique: five cohorts of intellectually talented youth identified over 25 years (1972-1997) and longitudinally tracked throughout their lifespan. Their work has identified educationally efficacious interventions for meeting the learning needs of gifted youth, which also contributes to their occupational success and creativity. They have uncovered insights on the personal qualities and environmental supports required to foster qualitatively different forms of eminence and psychological well-being. Their work underscores the importance of equal opportunity while stressing the psychological diversity found among intellectually talented populations. The individuality found among intellectually talented youth highlights why there are many different ways to create a meaningful and productive life. David and Camilla are known for nurturing the careers of many young scholars.