Leon Dexter Batchelor

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Leon Dexter Batchelor
Born (1884-05-08)May 8, 1884
Upton, Massachusetts
Died March 21, 1958(1958-03-21) (aged 73)[1]
Riverside, California

Leon Dexter Batchelor (May 8, 1884 – March 21, 1958) was an American horticulture professor. He was the longest-serving director of the University of California Citrus Experiment Station.

Early life and education[edit]

Batchelor was born in 1884 and grew up on a New England farm in Upton, Massachusetts.[1] He attended the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanic Arts, as did his older brother, chemist Harry David Batchelor (class of 1903).[3] Both were members of Kappa Sigma.[4][5] Batchelor also served as a cadet in the college's Reserve Officers' Training Corps Battalion.[6][7] He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1907. He then attended Cornell University and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in 1911.[8]


Batchelor taught horticulture at Cornell from 1907 to 1910 and resigned to teach at Utah Agricultural College. While teaching at Utah, Batchelor published studies about thinning apple orchards.[9][1][10][11][12][13] In 1915 he joined the University of California Citrus Experiment Station as an Associate Professor of Plant Breeding. Batchelor was promoted to Professor of Orchard Management in 1919 and to director of the Citrus Experimentation Station in 1929 to replace retiring director Herbert John Webber.[1] Batchelor became a preeminent authority within California on the study of walnuts.[14] He was named by the state director of agriculture in 1940 as the seventh member of the California Walnut Control Board.[15] Batchelor remained director of the Citrus Experimentation Station until July 1, 1951, when he returned to research.[1] Batchelor was selected as the University of California, Riverside's Faculty Research Lecturer for 1954. [2] Batchelor Hall on UC Riverside's campus is named after Batchelor, the longest-serving director of the Citrus Experimentation Station.[16]

Selected published works[edit]



  1. ^ a b c d e f Boyce, Watkins & Winslow 1959, p. 6.
  2. ^ a b Boyce, Watkins & Winslow 1959, p. 8.
  3. ^ Report of the Board of Trustees. University of New Hampshire. 1904. pp. 63,192,194,211,215,248. 
  4. ^ "College News". The New Hampshire College Monthly. IX (1): 29. October 1901 – via Archive.org. 
  5. ^ "Beta Kappa: New Hampshire College". Caduceus of Kappa Sigma. Kappa Sigma. 21: 452. 1906. 
  6. ^ "Roster of Battalion". Report of the Board of Trustees of the New Hampshire College of Agriculture and the Mechanical Arts. Durham, New Hampshire: Edward N. Pearson. 28: 235–236. November 1, 1906. 
  7. ^ "Roster of Battalion". New Hampshire College Catalogue. Rumford Printing Company: 144. 1905. 
  8. ^ "95 Seniors Graduate". Cornell Daily Sun. XXXII (103). February 17, 1912. 
  9. ^ "Thinning Apples". Pacific Rural Press. 86 (8): 172. August 23, 1913 – via California Digital Newspaper Collection. 
  10. ^ "Campus Notes". The Cornell Countryman. 8 (1): 19. October 1910. 
  11. ^ "Academic faculty". Agricultural College of Utah Catalogue, 1913-1915: 20 – via Mocavo. 
  12. ^ "Extension Staff". Agricultural College of Utah Catalogue, 1912-1913: 23 – via Mocavo. 
  13. ^ "Horticulturalists Hold Meeting". The Logan Republican. Logan, Utah. December 10, 1912. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com. 
  14. ^ "Local News Happenings". Bakersfield Californian. Bakersfield, California. October 19, 1916. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com. 
  15. ^ "untitled". The Fresno Bee. Fresno, California. June 8, 1940. p. 6. 
  16. ^ "Department History". University of California, Riverside. October 29, 2013.