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Neil Douglas Nelson

Neil Douglas Nelson, American biotechnologist. Iowa State University scholar, 1964-1966; Fulbright Postgraduate scholar Australian National University, 1968-1969; Fulbright Postdoctoral fellow, 1975-1976; recipient Wood award Forest Products Research Society, 1973, United States Department of Agriculture Certs. of Merit and Appreciation, 1978, 84, 85.


  • Nelson, Neil Douglas was born on September 22, 1944 in Yankton, S.D. Son of Kermit Raymond and Kathryn Joanne (Jensen) Nelson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Forestry, Iowa State University, 1966. Master of Science in Soil Science, University Wisconsin, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Physiology, University Wisconsin, 1973.


    • Wood scientist United States Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, Wisconsin, 1971-1977. Research plant physiologist, project leader Forestry Sciences Laboratory, Rhinelander, 1977-1982, program leader, 1983-1985. President, chief executive officer Forgene, Inc., since 1986, also board directors.


    • Received landmark patent on tree United States Patent Office, 1994.


    God, in His permissive will, may allow political leaders, both in biblical times and the present day, to enact policies that are opposed to His revealed will.


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    Denomination: Baptist


    Every Christians should study the Bible that contains a variety of inspirational and thoughtful ideas in the field of history, law, and poetry.


    Contributor articles to professional journals. Member Poplar Council United States, Society of America Foresters, The Advancement Sound Science Coalition, Rotary, Phi Kappa Phi.



    Jazz, racquetball, hunting, fishing, skiing.


    • Married Julie Ellen Berndt, June 27, 1981. Children: Chad Matthew, Greer Alexa, Emma Gabrielle.
    • father: Kermit Raymond Nelson
    • mother: Kathryn Joanne (Jensen) Nelson
    • spouse: Julie Ellen Berndt
    • children: Chad Matthew Nelson
    • Greer Alexa Nelson
    • Emma Gabrielle Nelson
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    Born September 22, 1944
    (age 73)
    • 1966
      Iowa State University
    • 1968
      University Wisconsin
    • 1973
      University Wisconsin
    • 1971 - 1977
      Wood scientist, United States Forest Products Laboratory
      Madison, Tennessee, United States
    • 1986
      president, officer Forgene
    • 1986
      chief executive, officer Forgene
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