Hall of Fame for Rob­son

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Business -

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.

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