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W. B. Alwood

William Bradford Alwood was an early pioneer of pest management and fruit culture. He was referred to by his peers during his era as father of Virginia horticulture, the savior of the Virginia fruit industry, and a worldwide expert in pomology, viticulture, enology, and pest management. At Virginia Tech he is regarded as the father of our horticulture and pest management disciplines and as one of the University's greatest scientists.

Honors and Distinctions

Various honors were bestowed on Professor Alwood for his service to science and education. Even after leaving his work at VPI and the USDA, Alwood received awards for his work. These included:

  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Fellow of the Royal Horticultural Society, Great Britain
  • Laureate de la Societe Nationale d'Agriculture de France
  • Vice-President of the International Congress on Agricultural Education, Paris (1900)
  • Special Agent of the USDA to study Enological work in Europe (1900)
  • Member, International Jury of Awards, St. Louis (1904)
  • Gold Medal and Diploma, St. Louis Exposition (1904)
  • Special Commemorative Medal and Diploma, St Louis (1904)
  • Delegate of the USDA at the International Congress on Viticulture, Angers, France (1907) - he was elected Vice-President
  • Decoration by the French Government - Grand Cross of Officer du Merite Agricole (1907)
  • Member, National Council of Horticulture (1907)
  • Member, Permanent International Commission on Viticulture (1907)
  • President, International Congress on Viticulture, San Francisco (1915)
  • VPI Certificate of Merit - for his contributions to agriculture (1923)
  • Virginia Tech Certificate of Recognition - for his contributions in building the University and as a lifelong Hokie (2011)
 
 
 
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