Monsanto’s chief technology officer, Robert T. Fraley, Ph.D., was named a 2013 World Food Prize Laureate. Fraley’s recognition is for the research he and his teams pioneered in plant biotechnology and its application to advanced breeding and crop improvement techniques in agriculture.
Fraley will share the prize with Marc Van Montagu, Ph.D., and Mary-Dell Chilton, Ph.D.
The World Food Prize was created in 1987 by the late Nobel Peace Prize winner Norman Borlaug. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed landmark achievements in increasing the quality, quantity or availability of food in the world.
Born in a farming community in central Illinois, Fraley earned undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Illinois and conducted his post doctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco. He joined Monsanto in 1981 as a senior research associate and in 1983 he and his team announced the creation of the first genetically engineered plants. Since that time, millions of farmers globally have benefitted from this research in biotechnology and continued focus on the development of advanced breeding technologies.
Fraley will be awarded the prize at a ceremony this fall in conjunction with The Norman E. Borlaug International Symposium in Des Moines, Iowa, Oct. 16-18.