LFHCfS


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

These are conjoined triplet clubs — Members of each club
are accorded full honorary privileges of the other clubs.

Schuch, Linsner, & Jung
Drs. Schuch, Linsner, and Jung are members. (Click the image to see it full size, or see an alternate view)
Dr. Diane DiMassa is a member. (Click the image to see it full size)


Newest Members (blog)  |  Members By Year  |  Historical Honorary Members
How to Join  |  Club History  |  Public Admiration  |  Resources


HOW TO JOIN

To propose yourself for membership in any of these three clubs, please email

  1. A photograph (or a URL that points to a photograph) in which the luxuriant, flowing hair is CLEARLY evident [Applicants for the Luxuriant Flowing Hair club please note: a formal Below-the-Clavicle rule, proposed by the Standards Committee in 2009 and adopted in 2013, must be respected]
  2. A statement of which of the three clubs you are hoping to join
  3. A URL pointing to your credentials as a scientist
  4. 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 aaattt IMPROBABLE dddooottt 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 was founded in January 2010.

The Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists was founded in May 2010.




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.

LFHCfS member John Quackenbush
"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

Six Galleries of Early Members:
Gallery 1  |  Gallery 2  |  Gallery 3
Gallery 4  |  Gallery 5 |  Gallery 6

Galleries of More Recent Members:
2013   |   2012   |   2011   |   2010
2009   |   2008   |   2007   |   2006




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.


    2004/5 Men & Women of the Year

    2002/3 Man & Woman 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




RESOURCES

Members and Non-Members alike may find it useful to know about a few organizations and resources relating to luxuriant flowing hair.


The 2004 Ig Nobel Tour of the UK and Ireland included appearances by LFHCfS members and their hair — and also a contest to choose the Science Barnet of the year. (Click the image to see it full size)






Other Galleries of LFHCfS Members



Member Galleries:   2013   2012   2011   2010   2009   2008   2007   2006

Early Member Galleries:   #1   #2   #3   #4   #5   #6

Historical Honorary Members 
LFHCfS Main page