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Willard Ralph Singleton

retired educator , geneticist.

Willard Ralph Singleton was American educator, geneticist. awards com; awards com.


Singleton, Willard Ralph was born on April 24, 1900 in Jacksonville, Missouri, United States. Son of John Thomas and Sarah Elizabeth (Polson) Singleton.


Bachelor of Science (research fellow), Washington State College, 1922, Master of Science, 1924. S.M. Entertainment, Harvard, 1926, Doctor of Science, 1930.


Assistant superintendent Harvard Botanic Garden, Soledad, Cienfuegos, Cuba, 1925-1926. Assistant zoology genetics Harvard, 1926-1927. Assistant geneticist Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, New Haven, 1927-1935, research associate, 1935-1948.

Senior geneticist Brookhaven National Laboratory, Upton, Long Island, 1948-1955. Miller professor biology University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1965-1970, professor emeritus, 1970-1982, director Blandy Experimental Farm, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, 1955-1965, helped install 1st Company 60 source continuous radiation of growing plants to induce mutations. Consultant International Atomic Energy Agency, Vienna, 1964-1965.

Invitation speaker 7th International Genetics Congress, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1939. Chairman Northeastern Corn Improvement Conference, 1948-1949. Consultant on atomic energy in South, Southern Regional Education Board, Atlanta, 1956-1957.

Member food and agricultural study group National Academy Sciences, 1957-1960. Technical adviser United States delegation Geneva Conference Peace Time Uses Atomic Energy, 1955. Fulbright awards committee, 1955-1959.

National Research Council commission on plant breeding, 1957-1963. Bio-Astronautics committee, 1959-1960. Nuclear radiation and food agriculture committee, 1960-1965.

United Nations atomic energy adviser to Government Thailand, 1964-1965. Director National Colonial Farm, Accokeek, Maryland., 1966-1970.


  • Author: Foreword to Genetics in the 20th Century (L.C. Dunn), 1951. Elementary Genetics, 1962, 2d edition., 1967. Also science papers. Editor Applications of Nuclear Radiation in Food and Agriculture, 1958.


Served as private S.A.T.C., 1918. Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Genetic Association (Vice-President 1967, president 1968-1969), Genetics Society American (secretary-treasurer 1950, secretary 1951-1952, vice president 1953, chairman awards committee IX International Genetics Congress, Bellagio, Italy, 1953), American Institute Biological Sciences (chairman publications committee 1952-1953), American Society Agronomy, American Society Naturalists, Sigma Xi, Phi Sigma, Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Zeta, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Delta Kappa.


Married Dorothy Amrine, October 10, 1931. Children: Willard Ralph, Mary (Mistress.

John Thomas Singleton

Sarah Elizabeth (Polson) Singleton

Dorothy Amrine

Willard Ralph Singleton

Mary (Mrs Singleton