Steven D. Tanksley

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Steven Tanksley
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Tanksley in 2011
Born Steven Dale Tanksley
(1954-04-07) April 7, 1954 (age 63)[1]
Nationality American
Fields Genetics
Alma mater Colorado State University
University of California-Davis
Notable awards

Steven Dale Tanksley (born April 7, 1954) is the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Plant Breeding and Biometry[2] and chair of the Genomics Initiative Task Force at Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.[3]


Tanksley received a bachelor's degree in agronomy from Colorado State University in 1976 and a doctorate in genetics from the University of California-Davis in 1979.

Career and research[edit]

Tanksley joined the faculty at Cornell in 1985 as an associate professor of plant breeding, and became full professor in 1994. In 1993, Tanksley was the head of a Cornell research group that isolated and subsequently cloned a disease-resistance gene in tomato plants. The research is believed to be the first successful DNA map-based cloning.[2]

Awards and honors[edit]

He is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences since 1995. Tanksley has received the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award, the Martin Gibbs Medal of the American Society of Plant Biologists,[4] and the Wolf Prize in Agriculture.[3] Tanksley was also awarded the Kumho International Science Award in 2005 for his work in molecular genetics.[5] In 2016, he won the Japan Prize.[1]


  1. ^ a b Steven D. Tanksley, Ph.D. Archived March 10, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Fisher, Lawrence M. (November 26, 1993). "Tomato Gene That Resists Disease Is Cloned". The New York Times. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b "CU's Steven Tanksley is a co-recipient of the prestigious Wolf Prize". Cornell Chronicle. January 22, 2004. Archived from the original on March 26, 2004. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Steven Tanksley – Lecture Series Biography". Archived from the original on September 8, 2006. Retrieved October 22, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Cornell geneticist to be honored by foundation". JoongAng Daily. May 29, 2005. Retrieved October 22, 2009.