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Glenn W. Burton

Glenn W. Burton
Pearl millet, Tifton
Born (1910-05-05)May 5, 1910
Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska
Died November 22, 2005(2005-11-22) (aged 95)
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, 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. ^ a b c Hallauer, Arnel R. Glenn Willard Burton. National Academy of Sciences: National Academies Press. 91:93.
  2. ^ a b Dr. Glenn W. Burton, pioneer in plant breeding Michigan State University.
  3. ^ a b c 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. ^ a b Glenn W. Burton. The President's National Medal of Science.
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