s Martin Black was born in March 1940 in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He graduated in Medicine from the University of Durham in 1963, and later acquired his higher Doctor of Medicine Degree in 1970 at the University of Newcastle. He trained in Dermatology in Newcastle before moving in 1968 to the St John’s Institute of Dermatology in London where he developed a special interest in dermatopathology and experimental pathology. In 1972–1973 he was awarded a Fulbright Travelling Scholarship to study experimental pathology at UCSF (University of California San Francisco). In 1974, Martin Black was appointed Consultant Dermatologist at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, before later becoming Professor of Dermatological Immunopathology and Chairman of the Academic Department of Dermatopathology at the St John’s Institute of Dermatology (1990–2005). As Director of the Immunofluorescent Laboratory (1975–2005) he developed this diagnostic labo- ratory into the largest of its type in the world. His main areas of interest and publication were in dermatopathology, autoimmune bullous diseases and pregnancy dermatoses. He served as Honorary Secretary of the British Association of Dermatologists from 1985–1990, before becoming President in 1997–1998. He was also the founding Editor of “Clinical and Experimental Dermatology” in 1976. Martin Black became the UK representative on the EADV Board of Directors (1996–2000) before being elected as President (2000–2002) and oversaw the move into its first office in Brussels. During his presidency, Martin Black founded EADV News (2001). He also served as Chairman of the EADV Nomination and Election Monitoring Committee (2002–2005) before becoming President of the 14 th EADV Congress in London in 2005. Martin Black has received a number of awards: the Sir Archibald Gray Gold Medal (British Association of Dermatologists, 2004), Certificate of Appreciation awarded by the International League of Dermatological Societies (2003), Pro Meritus award by the European Dermatology Forum (2006), Distinguished Service Award by EADV (2007), Doctor Honoris Causa by Semmelweis University, Budapest, Hungary (2003), and honorary membership of the American Academy of Dermatology (2011).