Glenn W. Burton
|Glenn W. Burton|
Pearl millet, Tifton
May 5, 1910|
Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska
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|Alma mater||University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Glenn W. Burton (May 5, 1910 near Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska – November 22, 2005 Tifton, Georgia) was an American agricultural scientist notable for his pioneering work in plant breeding, development of pearl millet in 1956 and for other contributions that helped to increase world food production.
Burton was also known for development of bermuda grasses used on athletic fields. Of these, his Tifton 419 is the most widely used bermuda grass in the world as of 2006.
Burton received the National Medal of Science from President Ronald Reagan: "For outstanding contributions to the biological sciences that have helped to feed the hungry, protect and beautify the environment, and provide recreation for millions."
Burton was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the Agronomic Science Foundation.
Burton received his bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1932. He received his master's degree in 1933 and Ph.D. in 1936 from Rutgers University.
His notable awards, honors and distinctions included:
- 1949 American Society of Agronomy Stevenson Award
- 1949 Fellow, American Society of Agronomy
- 1955 Honorary D.Sc. degree from Rutgers University
- 1962 Honorary D.Sc. degree from University of Nebraska
- 1968 Agricultural Institute of Canada Recognition Award
- 1973 DuPont Foundation Medal for Distinguished Service to Man
- 1975 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
- 1979 DeKalb Crop Science Distinguished Career Award
- 1980 USDA Distinguished Service Award
- 1980 Southern Turfgrass Association Honorary Member Award
- 1981 President's Award for Distinguished Federal Civilian Service
- 1982 University of Nebraska Alumni Achievement Award
- 1982 University of Nebraska Master Alumni Award
- 1982 National Medal of Science, presented by President Reagan
- 1984 Elected into University of Georgia Agricultural Alumni Hall of Fame
- 1985 Fellow, Crop Science Society of America
- 1988 The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award
- 1988 Honorary membership in the Grassland Society of Southern Africa
- 1994 Inducted into Georgia Turfgrass Hall of Fame
- 1995 Inducted into Georgia Golf Hall of Fame
- 1997 Inducted into Georgia Cattlemen’s Hall of Fame
- 1997 Crop Science Society of America Presidential Award
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hallauer, Arnel R. Glenn Willard Burton. National Academy of Sciences: National Academies Press. 91:93.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Dr. Glenn W. Burton, pioneer in plant breeding Michigan State University.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kral, E. A. Glenn W. Burton: Agronomist thought to have saved millions from starvation.
- ↑ Werden, Lincoln A. (January 30, 1965).Greenskeepers Urged to Obtain Water Supply on Golf Property. New York Times Section: Food Fashions Family Furnishings. p. 3.
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 Glenn W. Burton. The President's National Medal of Science.