|The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)
For scientists who have, or believe they have, luxuriant flowing hair The Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)
For scientists who have a luxuriant head of former hair The Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)
For scientists who have luxuriant flowing facial hair The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists (LFFFHCfSS) For social scientists who have luxuriant flowing facial hair The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Science Journalists (LFFFHCfSJ)
For social scientists who have luxuriant flowing facial hair
These are conjoined quadruplet clubs — Members of each club
are accorded full honorary privileges of the other clubs.
HOW TO JOIN
To propose yourself for membership in any of these three clubs, please email
- A photograph (or a URL that points to a photograph) in which the luxuriant, flowing hair is CLEARLY evident
- A statement of which of the three clubs you are hoping to join
- A URL pointing to your credentials as a scientist
- A pithy statement and identifying information about yourself, written in standard LFHCfS format (see any recent club entry for an example of this).
Please send this nomination to: LUXURIANT HAIR CLUB <marc AT improbable.com>.
You may nominate someone other than yourself, provided that the person meets the qualifications and that you have first obtained that person's enthusiastic consent.
NOTE: Each new member is entitled, should he or she request it, to a free issue of the Annals of Improbable Research and to any other membership perks noted in the PUBLIC ADMIRATION section of this page.
HISTORY of THESE CLUBS
When working on her doctoral dissertation in psychology, Robin Abrahams dreamed one night that she was asked to be the editor of a prestigious psychology journal with a singular editorial policy: all articles must mention Steven Pinker's luxuriant, flowing hair.
She told Marc Abrahams about this dream and the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists was born.
The initial list of The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists members was assembled by a subcommittee comprised of seven members of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and was intended to be a nucleating seed, from which a larger list could grow.
The project was first announced in February 2001, in that month's issue of the mini-AIR newsletter. The first member, chosen by acclamation, was psychologist Steven Pinker, whose hair has long been the object of admiration, and envy, and intense study. From that lone, Pinkerian seed, there has grown a spreading chestnut, black, blond, and red-haired membership tree. Beginning in 2006, each new member has been announced by Improbable Research on our blog.
The Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) was founded in January 2010.
The Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) was founded in May 2010.
The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Social Scientists (LFFFHCfSS) was founded in February 2015.
The Luxuriant Flowing, Former, or Facial Hair Club for Science Journalists (LFFFHCfSJ) was founded in October 2015, at the suggestion of Dutch science journalist Ellen de Bruin, who became the new club's charter member..
PUBLIC ADMIRATION (and other perks of membership)
The public loves to see and applaud scientists who have luxuriant flowing hair, a luxuriant head of former hair, or luxuriant flowing facial hair. Therefore, all LFHCfS members who come to Improbable Research events are invited to take a bow, allowing the audience to shower them and their hair with applause. Please let a member of our event staff know that you are a member so we can give you this important moment.
In addition to the public admiration, each new member is entitled, should he or she request it, to a free issue of the Annals of Improbable Research.
THE MEMBERS OF THE LFHCfS
Many scientists have received membership since 2001 and these pages include photos and biographies for most of them.
The earlier years are celebrated in our six (6) Galleries of Early Members. New members now appear first in The Improbable Blog's LFHCfS category, and are later gathered into Member Galleries based on the year they were inducted.
|"I was told I should become a member of LFHCfS. While I would never want to join any organization
that would have someone like me as a member, this may be an exception."
— Prof. John Quackenbush, LFHCfS
2005 was an important one for the LFHCfS. Staff member Alice Shirrel Kaswell noticed group nominations from specific areas and determined that there should be Men & Women of the Year.
HISTORICAL HONORARY MEMBERS
Many scientists with luxuriant flowing hair made their contribution to science before the LFHCfS was founded.
For their memory, we offer this page of Historical Honorary Members
Members and Non-Members alike may find it useful to know about a few organizations and resources relating to luxuriant flowing hair.
- The European Hair Research Society
- Shampoo Market Forecasts, November 2013 (collected industry reports)
- "Shame and glory: a sociology of hair" by Anthony Synnott
- Hair has been a part of several Ig Nobel prizes, notably in 2008, 2010, 2012, and again in 2012. Find these examples in the Winners page
- The January/February 2010 issue of AIR features a sepcial section devoted to "Beards & Bagels & Paper Airplanes"