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Klaus Scherer, born in 1943, studied economics and social sciences at the University of Cologne and the London School of Economics. Following his postgraduate studies in psychology, he obtained a Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1970. After teaching at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and the University of Kiel, Germany, he was appointed, in 1973, full professor of social psychology at the University of Giessen, Germany. From1985 to 2008, Klaus Scherer was full professor of psychology at the University of Geneva, Switzerland, where he has founded and directed the Centre Interfacultaire en Sciences Affectives as well as the Swiss Center for Affective Sciences (a Swiss National Center of Competence in Research). He is now Professor emeritus at the University of Geneva. His research activities focus on emotion, guided by his Component Process Model of emotion (CPM). For over 40 years, research programs financed by granting agencies and private foundations in the USA, Germany, Switzerland, and the European Union (including participation in several Networks of Excellence), are directed at the study of the effects (and the underlying neurophysiological mechanisms) of cognitive evaluations of emotion-eliciting events, on facial and vocal emotion expression, and on the nature of emotional feelings and their categorization and labeling. Scherer reported this work in numerous publications in the form of monographs, contributed chapters, and papers in international journals. He edited several collected volumes and handbooks and co-edits the "Affective Science Series" for Oxford University Press. He is a founding co-editor of the journal Emotion. He is a co-founder of the Coordination Européenne en Recherche sur les Emotions (CERE) and of the International Society of Reserach on Emotion (ISRE). Klaus Scherer is a member of several international scientific societies and a fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association of Psychological Science and the Acoustical Society of America. He was an invited professor at Stanford, Berkeley, the University of Zurich, and EHESS Paris. He has been elected member of the Academia Europea, honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the recipient of a European Research Council (ERC) Advanced Grant. He has received honorary doctorates from the University of Bologna and the University of Bonn and has been appointed honorary professor at the Ludwig-Maximilian-University Munich.