Hall of Fame for Robson
AGRICULTURAL scientist and former University of WA Vice-Chancellor Emeritus Professor Alan Robson AO CitWA was last week inducted into the WA Science Hall of Fame.
Professor Robson’s citation on the WA Science Hall of Fame honour board at Scitech was unveiled last week by WA Governor Kerry Sanderson AO.
Prof Robson, who has received the Australian Medal of Agricultural Science and the Fiona Stanley Medal and was appointed Officer of the Order of Australia, said his greatest achievement was the impact he had on graduate students and their contributions to science and agriculture.
“My major contributions to agriculture were in the areas of soil fertility and plant nutrition, but particularly in the supervision of many outstanding undergraduate and postgraduate students who have made a major contribution to increasing the profitability and productivity of agriculture,” he said.
“The future is very bright for agricultural science.
“I hope we can attract many outstanding students into the exciting field.”
Premier Colin Barnett said as an agricultural scientist, Professor Robson’s early research on the mineral nutrition of plants and soil fertility had contributed to the prosperity of WA farming communities and the success of the grains industry.
He had shown how research can improve prosperity, he said.