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Dr. William R. Meredith Jr.
Supervisory Research Geneticist
Crop Genetics and Production Research, ARS
Dr. Bill Meredith is a native Mississippian who grew up on a small farm near Batesville, MS. He received a BS and MS degree in Agronomy from Mississippi State University in 1956 and 1957, respectively. He received his PhD in plant breeding and statistics in 1963 from Cornell University. He was on the Agronomy staff at Mississippi State University for two years, 1962 - 1964. Dr. Meredith began his career with ARS at Stoneville in 1964 as a geneticist researching cotton.
He has authored many scientific and commodity manuscripts and is frequently an invited speaker before Community, National, and International audiences. He has received numerous honors for his contributions to science and cotton research. Meredith was recognized as an Outstanding Senior Scientist for 2001 for the Agricultural Research Service in February, 2002. He is the only scientist to receive the Cotton Genetics Award twice, in 1977 and again in 1997. He was recognized as the Delta Council Research of the Year in 1992 and Mississippi Agronomist of the Year in 1999. He is a fellow to the American Society of Agronomy, 1991; Crop Science Society of America, 1993; and American Association for Advancement of Science, 1993.