Title: Emeritus Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology
Company: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Ray Franklin Evert, PhD, Emeritus Professor of Botany and Plant Pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in botany education.
Renowned for his more than 40-year career in botany education, Dr. Evert was appointed emeritus professor of botany and plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2001, having been a faculty member since 1960. Employed by the institution for the majority of his career, he taught as a Katherine Esau Professor of botany and plant pathology from 1988 to 2001, professor of botany and plant pathology from 1977 to 1988 and professor of botany from 1966 to 1977. In addition, he served as chairman of the Department of Botany in 1973 and 1974, from 1977 to 1979 and from 1994 to 1998. Dr. Evert spearheaded his career as a faculty member at Montana State University in 1958, remaining for two years.
Matriculating at Pennsylvania State University, Dr. Evert received a Bachelor of Science in 1952 and a Master of Science in botany in 1954. He went on to attain a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California, Davis in 1958. Growing up in a coal-mining town in Pennsylvania, Dr. Evert desired to contribute to bettering the Earth through the avenue of education. Originally a science teacher, he returned to school to focus on botany, which has opened a vast array of research and educational opportunities into his career. He recalls his career highlight has been conducting research experiments with his graduate students, as well as publishing books. Works to his credit include, “Biology of Plants 8th Edition, 2012,” which has become the most widely used botany book by institutions nationwide.
Finding great success throughout the course of his career, Dr. Evert was the recipient of the Hilldale Award in Biological Science in 1998. Notably, he also took home the 1985 Benjamin Minge Duggar Lectureship Award from Auburn University, 1984 Bessey Lecturer Award from Iowa States University and 1981 Emil H. Steiger Award for Excellence in Teaching from the University of Wisconsin. Earlier, Dr. Evert was granted the Alexander von Humboldt Award in 1975 and was a Guggenheim Fellow in 1965. He has also been inducted to the Golden Key National Honor Society, Sigma Xi, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma, Phi Epsilon Phi and Pi Alpha Xi.
A fellow of the American Academy Arts and Sciences, Dr. Evert maintains affiliation with various organizations including the Botanical Society of America, in which he served as president in 1986 and 1987 and earned a 1982 Merit Award and 2006. Centennial Medal. He also holds membership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Institute of Biological Sciences, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters, American Society of Plant Biologists, International Association of Wood Anatomists and Deutschen Botanischen Gesellschaft. To attest to his legacy, Dr. Every can also be found in editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering and Who’s Who in the Midwest.
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