Catherine Hayes Bailey

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Catherine Hayes Bailey (May 9, 1921-March 29, 2014) was an American plant geneticist known for developing new varieties of fruit.


Bailey received her bachelor's degree from Douglass College in 1942 and earned her Ph.D in fruit breeding from Rutgers University in 1957, where she stayed on as a professor after finishing her degree.[1][2]


Bailey began her research career as a technical assistant at Rutgers, then became a professor, a position she held until her retirement in 1980. She spent her career developing new varieties of fruits, including peaches, nectarines, apples, and pears. She was particularly known for her work on the genetic inheritance of ripening times.[1]

Honors and awards[edit]

Bailey was listed in American Men and Women of Science in the 1992-1993 edition. She was a member of several professional societies, including the International Society for Horticultural Science, the American Society for Horticultural Science, and the American Pomological Society.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Bailey, Martha J. (1994). American Women in Science. ABC-CLIO. p. 18. ISBN 0-87436-740-9. 
  2. ^ "CATHERINE BAILEY Obituary".