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Sanderson, Leot H. - 1983
Sawyer, Colleen Janet - 2003
Sefton, David Bruce - 2014
Seidle, Edward - 2010
Simpson, Edith Child Rowles - 1981
Simpson, Graham Miller - 2012
Slinkard, Alfred Eugene - 2000
Small, William James - 1989
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Sommerfeld, Victor Herbert - 1996
South, Gordon Archibald - 1982
Sparrow, Herbert O. - 2000
Spence, George - 1974
Spinks, John William Tranter - 1982
Stephenson, Gordon - 2011
Stevenson, William Garfield - 2003
Strudwick, Geoffrey M. - 1998
Summach, Emerson Hilton - 1990
Sutter, Christian Tyndall - 1988
Symes, Oliver - 1987

PortraitGraham Miller Simpson

Professor Graham Simpson was a driving force behind the initiation and establishment of the Crop Development Centre at the University of Saskatchewan, thus creating a lasting benefit to farmers and the overall economy in Saskatchewan and beyond.

Born in New Zealand, Graham obtained Bachelor and Master's degrees in Agriculture in his home country before obtaining his Ph.D. in Plant Physiology at the University of London, England in 1959. He started his career that same year in the Department of Crop Science at the University of Saskatchewan.

In 1971, agriculture in Saskatchewan was dominated by wheat and 17 million acres of summerfallow. Production of oilseeds was limited and pulse crops were virtually nonexistent. New crop varieties were coming from Alberta and Manitoba. Saskatchewan was rapidly being left behind with little funding available to individual faculty members at the university.

Recognizing this serious problem, Professor Simpson, then Acting Head of the Department of the Crop Science, led the effort to establish a separate entity, the Crop Development Centre, from which new adapted varieties would be introduced for the province.

In its first 40 years of operation, research scientists at the CDC released over 380 new crop varieties. As a direct result, the CDC has transformed Saskatchewan into a province that produces a wide variety of crops, adding billions of dollars to the provincial economy.

After serving as the first director of the Crop Development Centre from 1971-74, Graham went on to become the Director of the International Development Research Centre, Saskatoon Drought project. At that time, it was the largest research grant held by an individual in university history. The project attracted a significant number of international students and international attention. His book "Drought Stress on Plants" summarized knowledge of this global program.

During his 40-year teaching and research career he also published 120 scientific papers and the book "Seed Dormancy in Grasses". His Seed Bibliography of 13,000 references about seed germination is freely available on the internet.

Professor Simpson also chaired the Growth Chamber Facility Commitee for the new College of Agriculture Building. The College now houses the largest growth chamber facility in the world, a source of global recognition and interaction.

Sponsored for the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame 2012 by SeCan; University of Saskatchewan Department of Plant Science; FP Genetics

 

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