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Aitken, Yvonne (1911 - 2004)

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Agricultural scientist
Born: 17 October 1911  Horsham, Victoria, Australia.  Died: 29 November 2004.
Yvonne Aitken was a graduate of agricultural studies at the University of Melbourne who made major contributions to the science of plant breading. Her work has focused on the factors which control or influence the rate of reproductive development in common agricultural crops. Her goal, along with others in the field, is to produce a greater range of consumable crops for people and animals. This research resulted in the production of several publications including her 1974 book "Flowering, Time, Climate and Genotype". Aitken was also an avid artist, making pictorial records of her work and field explorations.

Career Highlights

1936Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1939Master of Agricultural Science (MAgSc) completed at the University of Melbourne
1945 - 1957Lecturer at the University of Melbourne
1955Study leave
1957 - 1974?Senior Lecturer at the University of Melbourne
1963Study leave in North America
1970Study leave in Peru, Mexico and Alaska
1970Doctor of Agricultural Science (DAgSc) received from the University of Melbourne
1974Flowering, Time, Climate and Genotype, published by Melbourne University Press
1975 - c. 1976Reader in Agronomy at the University of Melbourne
c. 1976Honorary Senior Associate of the Faculty of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne (now the Institute of Land and Food Resources)
1981 - 1989Fellow of the Australian Institute of Agricultural Science (FAIAS)
1985Handbook of Flowering. Vol 1 published by CRC Press
1989Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

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Created: 25 May 2001
Modified: 20 January 2005

Published by The University of Melbourne eScholarship Research Centre on ASAPWeb, 1994 - 2007
Originally published 1994-1999 by Australian Science Archives Project, 1999-2006 by the Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre
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