Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: North Carolina State University
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Charles Stuber, Professor Emeritus at North Carolina State University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in agriculture and plant biology.
Dr. Stuber’s early beginnings growing up on a farm in central Nebraska helped inform the kind of work he dedicated his career to as an educator. He first kicked of his career with the Agriculture Research Service at the US Department of Agriculture (USA-ARS) as a research geneticist. He continued working at the service and worked his way up through the ranks to the position of Senior Executive Service. Around this same time, he took on a joint position as a professor at the Department of Genetics at North Carolina State University. Even after retiring in 1998, he has remained active in his field. In 2006, he returned to NC State University to develop the Center for Plant Breeding and Applied Genomics (now NC State Plant Breeding Consortium). He currently serves as the Consortium’s director.
Prior to this illustrious career, he first earned a Bachelor of Science in technical science in agriculture at the University of Nebraska in 1952. He then served in the US Navy for four years as a lieutenant. Upon completion of his service, he returned home, initially intending to work as a farmer, but was encouraged to continue his studies after three years in this juncture by his wife and friends. He obtained a Master of Science in plant breeding and genetics at the University of Nebraska in 1961 and carried on his studies at North Carolina State University, receiving a PhD in genetics and experimental statistics.
In his work in academia and as a researcher, Dr. Stuber has made quite the name for himself as a pioneer of quantitative genetic mapping and marker-assisted selection in maize. The achievements of his four-decade career in research include the development of genetic marker systems used in maize and adapted in numerous other crops, the first methods to identify quantitative trait loci (QTL), and creation of new breeding methods that integrated molecular markers into applied breeding. His work was instrumental in creating the foundation for modern plant breeding (both in private industry and in public institutions) that relies heavily on combining genetic marker information with field evaluations of quantitative traits. For this work, he has been recognized with such awards as the Outstanding Scientist of the Year Award in 1989 from the USDA-ARS and was inducted to its Hall of Fame in 1999.
He was named a Fellow in the Crop Science Society of America (CSSA) and in the American Society of Agronomy (ASA). In 1993, he was elected to the office of President of CSSA and to the office of President of ASA in 2002. He received the Crop Science Distinguished Career Award from CSSA and the Genetics and Plant Breeding Award from the National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders. He was the recipient of the Award of Merit form the University of Nebraska CASNR Alumni Association and in 2012, he received the NCSU College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award. Also, in 2012, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Association of Plant Breeders. He is listed in several versions of Who’s Who publications.
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