E. John Russell

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Sir Edward John Russell OBE FRS[1] (31 October 1872 – 12 July 1965) was a British agriculturalist and director of Rothamsted Experimental Station from 1912 to 1943.[2][3] Driven by concerns over a lack of international information exchange about agriculture, he initiated the Imperial Agricultural Bureaux, which later became the Commonwealth Agricultural Bureaux.

Russell was born Frampton-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, the eldest son of the Reverend Edward T. Russell. He was educated at University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and at the Victoria University of Manchester. He earned his doctorate in chemistry (D.Sc.) from the University of London in July 1902.[4][5]

He was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire in the 1918 New Year Honours for his efforts during the First World War as Technical Adviser in the Food Production Department.[6] He was knighted in 1922.[5]

Russell was president of the British Association for 1948–1949.[7]


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  4. ^ "University intelligence". The Times (36829). London. 25 July 1902. p. 5.
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  6. ^ "No. 30460". The London Gazette (Supplement). 7 January 1918. p. 385.
  7. ^ Goldsmith, Maurice (18 Nov 1949). "112th Annual Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science". Science. 110 (2864): 522–525. doi:10.1126/science.110.2864.522. PMID 17747287.

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