The Prince of Asturias Prize for Social Sciences has been won by Howard Gardner, an American psychologist who developed the theory of multiple intelligences, rather than a single IQ count.
The prize was founded by the heir to the Spanish throne in 1980 with the aim of supporting humanistic values which contribute to mankind’s universal heritage.
Howard Gardner is a Professor of Psychology at Harvard University in the US. His idea is that rather than having a single form of intelligence, people have up to eight types of cognitive ability: linguistic, mathematical, physical, musical, spatial, naturalistic, interpersonal, and intrapersonal.
He also says that these cognitive abilities have no intrinsic value. According to him, it’s not how brainy you are, it’s what you do with your brain that counts.