Lifetime Achievement Award winners

2015: David Lubinski

2015: David Lubinski

Dr. David Lubinski was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award in July for his work focusing on the identification of different types of intellectually precocious youth and the conditions for enhancing their learning, work performance and creativity.

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2013: Dr. Rena Subotnik

Dr. Rena Subotnik received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mensa Foundation for her extensive contributions to the needs of high-performing children and adolescents.

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2011: Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Ed.D.

Joyce VanTassel-Baska, 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

Joyce VanTassel-Baska, Ed.D., received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mensa Foundation for her vast contributions to the field of education. The award was presented in a ceremony preceding the National Association of Gifted Children Convention in New Orleans.

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2009: Tracy Cross, Ph.D.

Tracy Cross, 2009 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

The Mensa Foundation has honored Dr. Tracy L. Cross, executive director of the Center for Gifted Education and a professor at the College of William and Mary, with its Lifetime Achievement Award. He received the award based on his dedication to research in the field of gifted students over the span of 15 years.

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2007: Dr. Jane Piirto

Dr. Jane Piirto, 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

The Mensa Foundation presented Dr. Jane M. Piirto of Ashland, Ohio, with the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award for research in the area of human intelligence, especially giftedness.

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2004: Camilla Benbow, Ed.D.

Camilla Benbow, Ed.D., 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award winner

The Mensa Foundation presented Dr. Camilla Benbow of Vanderbilt University, with the 2004 Lifetime Achievement Award for research in the area of gifted youth in an effort to identify different types of academically talented adolescents, characterize them and then discover effective ways to facilitate their development.

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2002: John F. Feldhusen, Ph.D.

The Mensa Foundation presented John F. Feldhusen, Ph.D., with the Lifetime Achievement Award as the founding Director of the Gifted Education Resource Institute at Purdue, an institute dedicated to increasing our understanding of the nature and nurture of gifted individuals.

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2001: Dr. K. Warner Schaie

For his body of scientific inquiry, his influence in shaping the field of geropsychology, and for the success of his students in their own careers, Dr. K. Warner Schaie was named the recipient of the Mensa Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.

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2000: Dr. Julian Stanley

Dr. Julian Stanley, professor emeritus at Johns Hopkins University, has done more to change the way gifted middle schoolers are educated than any other individual, and, as a result, he was selected by the Mensa Foundation as the winner of its first Lifetime Achievement Award.

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