Darrell W. Nelson, Ph.D.

Title: Professor and Dean Emeritus
Company: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States

Darrell W. Nelson, Ph.D., Professor and Dean Emeritus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in agriculture and higher education.

Growing up on a farm in Aledo, IL, Dr. Nelson participated in Future Farmers of America in his youth and became motivated to attend college for agriculture. Earning a Bachelor of Science in agriculture and Master of Science in agronomy from the University of Illinois, he subsequently received a Doctor of Philosophy in agronomy from Iowa State University in 1967. A certified professional soil scientist, he commenced his career as a division chief in the U.S. Army Chemical Corps in Denver, CO, in 1967, serving to captain. He eventually retired from the U.S. Army Reserve as a colonel after 32 years of faithful service.

From 1968 to 1973, Dr. Nelson served as an assistant professor at Purdue University, having ascended the ranks to associate professor and full professor between 1973 and 1984. Thereafter, he transferred to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he acted as a department head from 1984 to 1988 and the dean of agriculture research and director of the Nebraska Agricultural Experiment Station from 1988 to 2005, at which time he retired as professor and dean emeritus.

Alongside his primary endeavors, Dr. Nelson was a consultant for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Indiana Board of Health and Eli Lilly Company between 1976 and 1983. He has additionally contributed his time and expertise as the editor of “Chemical Mobility and Reactivity in Soils” in 1983. The former president of the American Society for Agronomy in 2001, he also served as former president of the Soil Science Society of America, member of the International Soil Science Society and treasurer of the Lafayette chapter of the Lions Lodge in Indiana.

In recognition of his exceptional contributions to higher education and agriculture, Dr. Nelson has accrued several accolades. A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, he first received the Ciba-Geigy Award from the American Society for Agronomy in 1975, which he cites as a highlight of his career. Thereafter, he was presented with the Agronomic Achievement Award in 1983 and the Environmental Quality Research Award in 1985. Dr. Nelson has also been selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in the Midwest.

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