Glenn W. Burton

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Glenn W. Burton
Grain millet, early grain fill, Tifton, 7-3-02.jpg
Pearl millet, Tifton
Born (1910-05-05)May 5, 1910
Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska
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Tifton, Georgia
Fields Agricultural scientist
Alma mater University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Rutgers University
Notable awards See Awards section
Award design, from Executive Order

Glenn W. Burton (May 5, 1910 near Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska – November 22, 2005 Tifton, Georgia) was an American agricultural scientist[1][2] 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.[3]

Burton was also known for development of bermuda grasses used on athletic fields.[3] Of these, his Tifton 419 is the most widely used bermuda grass in the world as of 2006.[3][4]

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."[5]

Burton was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and chair of the Agronomic Science Foundation.[1]


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.[2]


His notable awards, honors and distinctions included:[1][5]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Hallauer, Arnel R. Glenn Willard Burton. National Academy of Sciences: National Academies Press. 91:93.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Dr. Glenn W. Burton, pioneer in plant breeding Michigan State University.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Kral, E. A. Glenn W. Burton: Agronomist thought to have saved millions from starvation.
  4. 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. 5.0 5.1 Glenn W. Burton. The President's National Medal of Science.