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DAA: William S. Bowers

William S. Bowers

Tucson, AZ | Distinguished Ag Alumni: 1994

Dr. Bowers, a native of Decatur, Indiana, has served as a professor of entomology at the University of Arizona since 1988. Prior to joining the faculty of the University of Arizona, he was on the faculty at Cornell University from 1972 to 1984. While at Cornell, he also served as a Visiting Director of Research to The International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology in Nairobi, Kenya from 1977 to 1983. He was Senior Insect Physiologist in the Insect Physiology Pioneering Research Laboratory of the Agricultural Research Service with the United States Department of Agriculture from 1962 to 1972. Dr. Bowers has pioneered significant research in chemical ecology and the biological control of insect pests. His research on the chemistry of insect/plant interactions and the natural defensive strategies of plants and beneficial organisms has had far-reaching applications to the welfare of humankind through improved methods of insect control. His accomplishments have resulted in 18 patents and more than 130 published scientific works. Several products derived from these discoveries have been developed commercially and are in common use. Dr. Bowers was named "Outstanding Young Scientist" by the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture in 1969 and in 1970. The USDA again honored him with the Superior Service Award for Scientific Research in 1991. In 1980, he was the recipient of the J. Everett Bussart Memorial Award from the Entomological Society of America in recognition of his outstanding work in economic entomology. He was named a Fulbright Scholar in 1987 and was the 1992 recipient of the Senior Fulbright Scholar Award for his research on the desert locust. In 1989, Dr. Bowers was awarded The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award, which recognizes scholarly research applied to agriculture.