Glenn W. Burton
Award Name : National Medal of Science
Year of Award : 1982
Award for : Biology
Location : Clatonia, Nebraska, United States
Glenn W. Burton was an American agricultural scientist 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. 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." He was born on May 5, 1910 in near Clatonia, Gage County, Nebraska. After graduation, he worked at the University of Georgia’s Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton, first as a scientist with the Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service and then as a university professor. He died on November 22, 2005 in Tifton, Georgia.