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Harold Kirby Wilson


Harold Kirby Wilson, American educator.


Wilson, Harold Kirby was born on March 6, 1900 in Clark County, Missouri, United States. Son of Isaac James and Amanda Ellen (Beidman) Wilson.


Bachelor of Science, Iowa State College, 1918-1924. Master of Science, University of Illinois., 1925. Doctor of Philosophy., 1927.


Instructor natural science, Iowa State Teachers College, summers 1925, 26. Assistant professor and assistant agronomist, University of Minnesota, 1927-1931. Associate professor, and associate agronomist, 1931-1936.

Professor and agronomist, 1936-1945. Acting chief of div. agronomy and plant general, 1932-1933, 1936-1937, 1941-1942. Collaborator United States Department of Agriculture, 1935-1945.

Head department agronomy Pennsylvania State University, 1945-1947, vice dean, director resident instruction, 1946-1949, dean of men, 1949-1952, director Division Intermediate Registration, 1949-1957, professor agronomy, since 1950, associate dean of admissions for research and development, since 1957.


  • Author: (with A. Boss and W. E. Petersen) American Farming Agriculture I, 1939. Agriculture II, 1940. Agriculture III, 1941.

    Agriculture I (review), 1944. Agriculture IV, 1944. (with A. H. Larson) Identification and Judging, 1940.

    Grain Crops, 1955

  • Field Crop Production (with Will M. Myers), 1954. Editor Pearls and Rubies, since 1958. Contributor many articles to various journals.


God created humans to be able to innovate and evaluate new forms of living that will encourage development of the fullest potential in individuals.


Peace making is the creative and positive quest for the well-being of humankind and the planet on which people live.


As human beings people find themselves as part of an unjust, sinful and violent world, which we may feel individually helpless to change. If we accept forgiveness, God can enable us to resist evil and to live life to the full.


Served United States Army, 1918. Chief agricultural research, National Resources section, General Headquarters, Supreme Commissioned Allied Powers, Tokyo, 1947. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Agronomy.

Member American Society Plant Physiology, American Association University professors, Minnesota Academy of Science (secretary 1933-1941), Farm House National (vice president, 1954-1956, secretary, treasurer, since 1956), Higher Education Association, National Education Association, American College Personnel, American Legion, Phi Epsilon Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, Sigma Xi, Alpha Tau Alpha, Delta Theta Sigma, Alpha Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi, Gamma Sigma Delta, Phi Sigma, Gamma Alpha, Phi Delta Kappa. Mason (32°, Shriner). Club: University (State College, Pennsylvania).


Married Florence Helen Munson, August 24, 1921 (deceased). Married second, Eva Grace Donelson, December 22, 1947.

Isaac James Wilson

Amanda Ellen (Beidman) Wilson

Florence Helen Munson

Eva Grace Donelson