Francesca Happé

    Date
    2013
    Sitter
    Francesca Gabrielle Elizabeth Happé (1967, British) , Developmental psychologist
    Creator
    Garry Kennard (1948, British) , Artist
    Object type
    Archive reference number
    Material
    Dimensions
    height (print): 420mm
    width (print): 300mm
    Subject
    Description
    Half-length portrait of Francesca Happé, seated at a table, her hands resting on its surface.

    On top of the table are four Lego figurines, possibly a nod to the Lego-based theory, an evidence based theory that aims to develop social communication skills in young people with social communication problems. Also two roses, complete with stem and leaves.

    Signed in bottom right corner ‘Garry Kennard ‘13’

    Francesca Gabrielle Elizabeth Happé is a Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience specialising in autism-spectrum disorders. She was the winner of the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award in 2011 and is a Fellow of the British Academy. In addition to numerous academic papers, she has created the children’s book series My Mum’s a Scientist.

    Garry Kennard is a painter and writer interested in the overlapping realms of science and art. For this series of portraits, he requested that his subjects bring a personal object or reflection to the studio that might say something about how they thought about their science.
    Object history
    1 in a series of 5 portraits commissioned by the Royal Society for inclusion in ‘Scientists’ (2013); an exhibition curated by Uta Frith FRS.
    Related fellows
    Uta Frith (German) , Developmental psychologist
    Associated place
    <The World>
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          > United Kingdom
    Credit
    ©The Royal Society
    Image number
    RS.18287
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