Richard L. Doty


Richard L. Doty, Ph.D. is the Director of the University of Pennsylvania’s Smell and Taste Center. Dr. Doty is an author or coauthor of over 400 professional publications (including 10 books and contributions to such publications as Science, Nature, and the Encyclopedia Britannica), and is editor of the Handbook of Olfaction and Gustation (Marcel Dekker, , 1995, 2003, 2015), a 2000+ page tome considered to be the Bible of the chemical senses field.  His most recent books are The Neurology of Olfaction, co-authored by Christopher Hawkes (Cambridge University Press) and The Great Pheromone Myth (Johns Hopkins University Press). A consultant to dozens of major corporations and governmental advisory committees, he is perhaps best known as the inventor of the University of Pennsylvania Smell Identification Test (UPSIT), a standardized olfactory test heralded as the olfactory equivalent to the eye chart.  Among his numerous awards are the James A. Shannon Award from the National Institutes of Health (1996), the 2000 Outstanding Scientists of the 20th Century Award from the International Biographical Centre in Cambridge, England (1999), the Olfactory Research Fund’s Scientific Sense of Smell Award (2000), the William Osler Patient-Oriented Research Award from the University of Pennsylvania (2003), the Society of Cosmetic Chemist’s Service Award (2004), and the Association for Chemoreception Science’s Max Mozell Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Chemical Senses (2005).  Dr. Doty received the B.S. degree from Colorado State University (1966), the M.A. degree from California State University, San Jose, in conjunction with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Moffett Field, CA (1968), and the Ph.D. degree from Michigan State University, East Lansing (1971).  He received post-doctoral fellowship training at the University of California, Berkeley (1971-1973), and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia (1973-1975).

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