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.