s Jean-Hilaire Saurat was born in December 1943 in Kenadza, during the French period in Algeria. He graduated in Medicine from the Faculté de Médecine de Paris in 1969 before commencing postgra- duate training in Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, and Dermatology at Hôpital Saint-Louis, Paris. He soon developed an interest in experimental pathology and immunology serving as Professor at the Necker Enfants Malades, Paris between 1972–2003. Jean-Hilaire Saurat was appointed as Professor and Chairman of the Department of Dermatology in Geneva, Switzerland in 1981, which expanded in 1996 to include the Faculty of Medicine in Lausanne, before becoming Professor Emeritus in 2010. Between 1996–2000 and 2004–2008 he served as Chairman of the Western Switzerland Department of Dermatology. He has held many important dermatological offices, including President of the European Society for Dermatological Research (1986); Founder/Treasurer of the European Society for Paediatric Dermatology (1989–1992) and President of EADV (2002–2004). In 2000 he organised the 9 th EADV Congress in Geneva. He became a full member of the International League of Dermatological Societies (ILDS) in 2002 and the ILDS representative to the World Health Organization, before finally becoming ILDS President from 2007–2011. Jean-Hilaire Saurat has been prominent in journal editing and publishing. He served as Chief Editor of Dermatology (1986–2015); Section Editor (Pharmacology) for the Journal of Investigative Dermatology (1998–2002); and Chief Editor of the French textbook on dermatology ( Traité de Dermatologie ) for the editions between 1986–2016. He has made many contributions to dermatology in the fields of graft-versus-host disease, severe drug reactions, paediatric dermatology, use of retinoids and biological targeted therapies. Since his retirement he has continued to work on aspects of pharmaco-dermatology, ageing, acne, research and development, retinoids, xenobiotic ligands and continued in private practice in Geneva. Finally, Jean-Hilaire Saurat has received several important awards including the Marchionini Prize in 1977 at the World Congress of Dermatology in Mexico City, the European Society for Dermatological Research award for Excellence in 2000, the EADV Honorary award in 2002, honorary membership of the Swiss Society of Dermatology; Doctor Honoris Causa University of Athens, and was appointed Chevalier of the French Légion d’Honneur in 2006.