Robert T. Fraley (January 25, 1953, Danville, Illinois) was Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer at Monsanto, where he helped to develop the first genetically modified seeds. He retired from Monsanto in June 2018. He advocates for the use of GMO products to address global food insecurity and reduce the environmental footprint of agriculture.
Robert T. Fraley
|Alma mater||University of Illinois|
|Awards||Biotechnology Heritage Award, NAS Award for the Industrial Application of Science, National Medal of Technology, World Food Prize|
|Dr. Robb Fraley - Sharing The Stories Of Genetic Science And Its Relation To Food And Consumers, presentation audio by Dr. Fraley at the 2016 Agribusiness Council of Indiana Conference & Expo, January 18–19, 2016, Indianapolis, IN, USA|
|Robert Fraley of Monsanto on National Geographic's Plan to Feed a World of 9 Billion, Climate One, Jun 19, 2014|
Fraley won the 2013 World Food Prize for "breakthrough achievements in founding, developing, and applying modern agricultural biotechnology" and the NAS Award for the Industrial Application of Science "for developing technologies that enabled the production of the world's first transgenic crops." In 2009, he received the Biotechnology Heritage Award from the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.
After growing up on a small farm nearby Hoopeston, Illinois, Fraley earned his Ph.D. degrees in microbiology and biochemistry from the University of Illinois. He did post-doctoral research in biophysics at the University of California-San Francisco.
He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).
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