|About Dr. Gerald A. Marx|
The following appeared in Volume 21 of the Pisum Newsletter, issued in 1989 by the Department of Horticutural Sciences, Cornell University, New York.
Gerald A. Marx, Professor of Horticultural Sciences at Cornell University, New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, Geneva, NY, died in Nov. 1988 at his home in Geneva. Born in Wisconsin (1930), he received his B.S. (1952), M.S. (1956), and Ph.D. (1959) degrees in agronomy from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Marx joined the faculty of Cornell University in 1959 and over the years established an international reputation for his work on the genetics and breeding of vegetable crops. He made significant breeding improvements for tomatoes, winter squash, carrots, and beets.
Dr. Marx had a keen appreciation of the value of basic research and its usefulness in solving practical problems. Developmental genetics of higher plants was one of his greatest interests. His acute powers of observation and close attention to his plants enabled him to detect and note various effects and interactions which significantly increased our knowledge of the actions and interrelationships of many developmental mutants. His two recent reviews on developmental mutants will serve as a valuable source of information for scientists working in this area. Any and all