Fernando Poyatos

Professor Emeritus in Spanish and Latin American Cultures

Arts Council Meeting: October 15, 1998

Fernando Poyatos is a leading international scholar in the multidisciplinary field of non-verbal communication.

The author of ten books and almost 100 articles, he is widely recognized for its applications to Hispanic studies and a number of other disciplines. In 1993 Dr. Poyatos became the first Canadian citizen to be honored with membership in the Spanish Royal Academy.

He organized and chaired national and international symposiums, and acted as consultant, in 16 disciplines in 11 countries, and lectured at universities in over 20 countries in four continents. In addition to teaching in the University of New Brunswick’s department of Spanish for 32 years, Dr. Poyatos has taught for the last 20 years in the departments of Anthropology, Psychology and Sociology.

He also served as chairperson of the department of Spanish and Latin American Cultures from 1992 until his retirement in June 1998.