Dean Keith Simonton, the godfather of creativity, is the Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology at the University of California Davis.
Dean Keith Simonton has devoted his career as a social psychologist investigating the origins of and evolution of genius, creativity and talent. He has researched the personal, social, cultural, developmental, and cognitive factors that contribute to greatness in the arts, the humanities, and especially the sciences.
Over five decades, he has been at the forefront of research on creativity with hundreds of peer reviewed publications and a number of best selling books including "Origins of Genius: Darwinian Perspectives on Creativity'. He has featured on TV programmes covering genius, creativity, leadership, and talent for the Discovery Channel, CNN, ABC and most recently, an episode on “Genius” for The UnXplained with William Shatner for the History Channel.
Simonton received the William James Book Award, Sir Francis Galton Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Study of Creativity, the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts, and the Joseph B. Gittler Award for “the most scholarly contribution to the philosophical foundation of psychological knowledge.”