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seed biologist

Ralph Louis Obendorf, Italian, American seed biologist. Recipient Honored Worker of Agriculture medal Polish Ministry Agriculture, 1987, Sowers medal Poznan Agriculture University, 1987, Advanced Education Project award International Business Machines Corporation Corporation, 1988.


Obendorf, Ralph Louis was born on July 11, 1938 in Milan. Son of Louis Eugene and Miriam Clara (Stegemoller) Obendorf.


Bachelor of Science in Agronomy, Purdue University, 1960. Master of Science in Agronomy, University California, Davis, 1962. Doctor of Philosophy in Plant Physiology, University California, Davis, 1966.


Assistant professor Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, 1966-1971, associate professor, 1971-1978, professor, since 1978. Visiting scientist Institute for Cancer Research Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, 1972-1973. Visiting plant physiologist plant growth laboratory University California, Davis, 1983.


  • Other Work

    • Member review board Seed Science Research.


Member American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Society Agronomy (Northeast teaching award 1989), Crop Science Society of America (board directors and chair Division C-4 since 1991), American Society Plant Physiologists, American Institute Biological Sciences, American Association Cereal Chemists, American Chemical Society, Tissue Culture Association, New York Academy of Sciences.


Married Sharon Kay Randel, March 11, 1967. Children: Michael Bradley, Kevin Andrew.

Louis Eugene Obendorf

Miriam Clara (Stegemoller) Obendorf

Sharon Kay Randel

Michael Bradley Obendorf

Kevin Andrew Obendorf