Barry Everitt graduated from the University of Hull with a B.Sc. in Zoology in 1967. He gained his Ph.D. in behavioural neuroendocrinology from the University of Birmingham in 1970. Following postdoctoral neuroscience research as a Medical Research Council Fellow at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, he joined the Department of Anatomy in the University of Cambridge as a lecturer in 1974 and was appointed Reader in Neuroscience in 1991. He moved to the Department of Experimental Psychology (now Psychology) in Cambridge in 1994 and was appointed Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience in 1997. He was the Master of Downing College from 2003-2013, having been a Fellow since 1976 and was appointed Provost of the Gates Cambridge Trust in 2013. Professor Everitt is a Fellow of the Royal Society (2007), a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences (2008) and a Member of EMBO (2014). He has received honorary D.Sc. degrees from both his almae matres (Hull University in 2009; Birmingham University in 2010) and an honorary MD from the Karolinska Instituet. Among many awards, he was the recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (2011), the European Behavioural Pharmacological Society Distinguished Achievement Award (2011), the British Association for Psychopharmacology Lifetime Achievement Award (2012) and the Fondation Ipsen Neuonal Plasticity Prize (2014). He has been the President of the British Association for Psychopharmacology (1992-4), the European Brain and Behaviour Society (1998-2000) and the European Behavioural Pharmacology Society (2003-5) and will be President of the Federation of European Neuroscience Societies 2016-2018. He was a member of the MRC Neurosciences and Mental Health Board (1999-2003) and a Scientific Counsellor for the National Institute on Drug Abuse (Washington DC, 2002-6). He is currently a member of the Independent Scientific Committee on Drugs (Brain Science), an independent think-tank on drugs of abuse. He was Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Neuroscience from1997-2008 and has been a Reviewing Editor for the journal Science since 2005. His research is concerned with understanding the neural mechanisms of motivation, reward, learning and memory, especially in the context of drug addiction. He has published over 400 scientific papers and is one of the world’s 50 most highly cited neuroscience researchers, with an h-Index of 105.