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]

Life and career[edit]

Honors and awards[2][edit]

Mertz was a member of the National Academy of Sciences[3] and a recipient of the following awards and distinctions:

  • 1987 Richard Newbury McCoy Award from Purdue University
  • 1967 John Scott Award in from the City of Philadelphia
  • 1968 Hoblitzelle National Award in the Agricultural Sciences (Texas)
  • 1968 Congressional Medal of the Federal Land Banks in for the discovery of high-lysine corn
  • 1970 Kenneth A Spencer award from the American Chemical Society
  • 1972 Osborne-Mendell Award from the American Institute of Nutrition
  • 1973 Distinguished Service Award from the University of Montana
  • 1974 Edward W. Browning Award in for "outstanding contributions to mankind in the improvement of the food supply"
  • 1975 Honorary Master Farmer Award of the Prairie Farmer Magazine "for leadership and distinguished service to American Agriculture}
  • 1975 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
  • 1976 Chemical Pioneer Award from the American Institute of Chemists [4]

Purdue University has established the Edwin T. Mertz Memorial Scholarship in his name.[3]