s Emiliano Panconesi was born in Pistoia, Italy in June 1923. In 1947, he graduated from the University of Florence in Medicine and Surgery and began his academic career in Dermatology at the University of Florence in 1949 as a dermatological clinical assistant before being appointed a Professor in 1970. In 1972, he was appointed Director of the Graduate School of Dermatology in Florence. Between 1990 and 1995 he was also in charge of the history of medicine. Emiliano Panconesi was one of the first dermatologists to promote a relationship between the skin and brain. His book “Stress and Skin Disease: Psychosomatic Dermatology” was published in 1984. He was to become one of the founders of the European Society for Dermatology and Psychiatry (ESDaP). His good humour, easy communication and Italian culture would engage so many dermatologists and psychologists who have played a role in the evolution of psychodermatology. He was helped considerably by his American wife Diana who often served as manager and English translator and who provided constant support, motivation and comfort. Consequently, Emiliano Panconesi inspired a multitude of scientists and clinicians in Florence who instigated new ideas and diagnostic therapies for dermatology. Emiliano Panconesi was President of the Italian Society of Dermatology (Società Italiana di Dermatologia) between 1987 and 1989. Whilst serving as Chairman on the Dermatology-Venereology Section of the Union Européene des Médecins Spécialistes (UEMS), he strongly promoted the concept of launching a European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology with Hans Rothenborg and others and was appointed first President of EADV after its Statutes were signed in October 1987. Furthermore, he enthusiastically offered to host the first EADV Congress in Florence in 1989. This proved to be a huge success and paved the way for EADV to prosper in the future. Emiliano Panconesi directed the EADV “Bulletin” between 1989 and 2001, the forerunner to today’s EADV News which has been produced from 2001 onwards. After his official retirement he continued to show passion and interest in all things human, including science, literature, music, paintings and languages. He died in his 91 st year in March 2014.