Sensory and Consumer Sciences Achievement Award: Harry T. Lawless
$3,000 honorarium from the Sensory and Consumer Sciences Division Fund of Feeding Tomorrow and a plaque
Harry T. Lawless, Emeritus Professor, Cornell University, received the 2012 Sensory and Consumer Sciences Achievement Award for excellence within the sensory and consumer sciences field.
Lawless has made numerous contributions to the understanding of sensory science over a highly distinguished career. He has authored or edited more than 100 articles and technical reports on sensory science, ranging from applied methodological questions to basic work in chemosensory psychophysics, and he currently co-edits Journal of Sensory Studies. His contributions throughout his career include coining the phrase "tip of the nose" phenomenon and demonstrating that it is functionally distinct from its paronym; finding that the mutual mixture suppression of bitterness and sweetness was a central not peripheral phenomenon; and researching sweetener psychophysics, astringency perception, bitter receptor genes, and metallic "taste."