Rose Marie Pangborn

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Rose Marie Pangborn (1932-1990) was an American scientist, born in Las Cruces, New Mexico. She was a pioneer in the sensory analysis of food.



Professor Pangborn earned a B.S. at New Mexico State University and a M.S. at Iowa State University.


After joining the Department of Food Technology at the University of California, Davis in 1955, Pangborn was pioneer in the field of sensory analysis of food attributes, publishing over 180 scientific articles and supervising over 40 graduate students in this area. Her research and excellence in teaching would earn her the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) William V. Cruess Award in 1977 and an IFT fellow in 1980.She was awarded an honoary doctorate from the University of Helsinki in 1984 and a "Pioneer" award from the American Society for Testing and Materials, Committee E-18 on Sensory Evaluation in 1989.


Professor Pangborn also co-authored three textbooks, including the Principles of Sensory Evaluation by Amerine, Pangborn and Roessler, which served as the definitive text for an entire generation of sensory scientists. She also served on the editorial boards of eight different scientific journals, and was a co-founder of the Association for Chemoreception Sciences. Today, the Pangborn Sensory Science Symposium, an international meeting of sensory scientists is dedicated in her memory. At the IFT Annual Meeting, the Sensory Evaluation Division has their graduate student competition named in Pangborn's honor.

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