Edwin T. Mertz

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Edwin Theodore Mertz (December 6, 1909 – February 1, 1999) was an American chemist and biochemist. [1] [2] [3] Mertz was noted for co-discovery of high-lysine corn which significantly increased protein levels in corn and beans.[1][2][3] Purdue University has established Edwin T. Mertz Memorial Scholarship in his name.[3] Mertz was a member of the National Academy of Sciences,[2][3] professor of Biochemistry at Purdue (1946–1976)[2][3] and a recipient of the following awards and distinctions:

  • the Richard Newbury McCoy Award from Purdue University (1967)[2]
  • the John Scott Award in from the City of Philadelphia (1967)[2]
  • the Hoblitzelle National Award in the Agricultural Sciences (Texas) (1968)[2]
  • the Congressional Medal of the Federal Land Banks in for the discovery of high-lysine corn (1968)[2]
  • the Kenneth A Spencer award from the American Chemical Society (1970)[2]
  • the Osborne-Mendell Award from the American Institute of Nutrition (1972)[2]
  • the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Montana (1973)[2]
  • the Edward W. Browning Award in for "outstanding contributions to mankind in the improvement of the food supply" (1974)[2]
  • the Honorary Master Farmer Award of the Prairie Farmer Magazine "for leadership and distinguished service to American Agriculture} (1975)[2]
  • elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1975[2]

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