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Robert F. Chandler

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Robert F. Chandler
9th President of the University of New Hampshire
In office
Preceded byArthur S. Adams
Succeeded byEldon L. Johnson
Personal details
Born(1907-06-22)June 22, 1907
Columbus, Ohio
DiedMarch 23, 1999(1999-03-23) (aged 91)
Eustis, Florida
Alma materUniversity of Maine B.S (1929)
University of Maryland Ph.D (1934)

Robert Flint Chandler Jr. (June 22, 1907 - March 23, 1999) was an American horticulturalist.

He obtained a degree in Horticulture from the University of Maine in 1929, and his Ph.D. in Pomology from the University of Maryland in 1934. He first taught at Cornell University and went on to become the Dean of the College of Agriculture, and then the ninth President, of the University of New Hampshire.

From 1959 to 1972, Dr. Chandler was the founding Director of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in Los Banos, Philippines.[1] Working with a team of twenty-four researchers from numerous countries in Southeast Asia, Dr. Chandler gathered thousands of rice varieties to be tested and eventually selected to be grown under various conditions. Dr. Chandler's leadership was instrumental in developing over two dozen new varieties of rice that produced higher yields than traditional strains and increased rice production.[1] These varieties helped the Philippines to achieve self-sufficiency in rice by 1968, and still provide food for millions across Asia.[1]

In 1971, Chandler was appointed as first Director General of the Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center (AVRDC).[2] which was later renamed World Vegetable Center. (AVRD) in Taiwan.

In 1975, the government of the Republic of China awarded Chandler with the Order of Brilliant Star.[3]

Dr. Chandler was awarded the Presidential End Hunger Award, and in 1988, he was awarded the World Food Prize for his leadership in building the agricultural research capacity at IRRI and AVRDC.[4]

Selected works


An Adventure in Applied Science: A History of the International Rice Research Institute, 1982[4]


  1. ^ a b c Rice today: Breeding history
  2. ^ World Vegetable Center: History 1970's
  3. ^ "Events from day to day". Taiwan Today Publication Date: August 01, 1975.
  4. ^ a b World Food Prize 1988: Chandler