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Outstanding Alumni Awards

Jules JanickJules Janick '51 is widely regarded as one of the world's most highly respected and best known horticulturists. Jules has led a distinguished career and continues to teach undergraduates, edit publications in horticulture and plant breeding, and participate in research on fruit breeding and horticultural history and iconography.

Jules has been at Purdue University since 1951, when he entered the university as a graduate assistant. He received a M.S. in 1952 and a Ph.D. from Purdue in 1954, when he joined the faculty as an instructor. Jules was named James Troop Distinguished Professor by Purdue in 1988 and has been the director of Purdue University's Center for New Crops and Plant Products since 1990.

He is founder and editor of the journals Horticultural Reviews and Plant Breeding Reviews, which have become sourcebooks of technical information in both fields. In addition, Jules has co-edited a number of monographs in fruit breeding. His textbooks Horticultural Science and Plant Science, An Introduction to World Crops have been regarded as the national standard for three decades. He has recently co-edited the 954 page Encyclopedia of Fruit & Nuts. Altogether, Jules has written, co-authored, or edited 147 volumes!

Jules served as president of the American Society for Horticultural Science and was a long time editor of the Journal of the American Society for Horticultural Science and HortScience as well as editor-in-chief of ASHS Press. He has just completed an eight-year term as science editor of Chronica Horticulturae, a publication of the International Society for Horticultural Science, where he served as board member and director of publications.

In 2009, Jules was named to the American Society for Horticultural Science Hall of Fame—the society's highest honor. He has received honorary degrees at the University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine Cruj- Napoka, Romania (2010), Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007), the Technical University of Lisbon (1994), and the University of Bologna (1990).

Jules has returned to Cornell several times to lecture and to collaborate with students and colleagues at Ithaca and Geneva in horticultural research. Jules and his wife, Shirley, live in West Lafayette, Indiana. The couple have two children: Peter '75 a radiologist in East Lansing, Michigan, and Robin, Chief Deputy Clerk of the 8th Circuit, US Court of Appeals in St. Louis. They have four strapping grandsons ranging in age from 14 to 23.

 

Outstanding Alumni Awards