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Robert Fraley - Modern Era

Dr. Robert Fraley was instrumental in developing techniques that allowed the improvement of crops through the introduction of transgenic herbicide resistance and insect protection traits. Dr. Fraley, who spent most of his career with Monsanto, was also involved in the business decisions to license the new technology broadly for rapid adoption in the world marketplace.

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Robb Fraley was pretending to drive his father’s tractor near Hoopeston, Illinois in 1957.

Where:
Hoopeston, Illinois

When:
1957

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Rob Fraley grew up on a small farm outside Hoopeston, IL. “The tractor was one of my favorite toys!” recalled Fraley of this 1958 photo.

Where:
Hoopeston, IL

When:
1958

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Robb Fraley holds a Petri dish with fellow scientist Rob Horsch in the Monsanto research lab in 1983. The petri plates contain some of the very first transformed plant cells that would regenerate into transgenic plants.

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Unknown

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1983

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Dr. Fraley and his colleagues during a test of transgenic tomato plants resistant to Roundup in a field plot at the Monsanto research field in Jerseyville, IL in 1987. From left to right are Doctors Steve Rogers, Roger Beachy, Rob Horsch and Fraley.

Where:
Jerseyville, IL

When:
1987

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Robb Fraley proudly stands behind the first transgenic tomato and petunia plants he helped develop at Monsanto’s St. Louis research lab. In 1987 they planted the first field tests of transgenic tomatoes resistant to Roundup, insect and viral diseases.

Where:
St. Louis, MO

When:
1987

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(This image is considered to be in the public domain.)

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Dr. Fraley, closest to the President, received the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1997 during a visit to Washington, D.C.

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Washington, D.C.

When:
1997

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Receiving the National Medal of Technology from President Bill Clinton in 1997 was one of the proudest moments of Dr. Fraley’s life.

Where:
Washington, D.C.

When:
1997

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Dr. Morman Borlaug, often called "the father of the Green Revolution," visited Monsanto in 2005, and discussed how biotechnology can benefit developing country farmers with Dr. Fraley.

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Unknown

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2005

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Dr. Fraley received the World Food Prize in October 16, 2013 along with co-recipients Marc van Montague and Mary-Dell Chilton at the Iowa State Capitol.

Where:
Iowa State Capitol

When:
October 16, 2013

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Hugh Grant and Robb Fraley met with Bill Gates in 2016 to discuss a Water Efficient Maize for Africa (WEMA) Project and other technologies to benefit African farmers.

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Unknown

When:
2016

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Fraley stands by an exhibit honoring Pioneers in Agriculture at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, Washington, DC in 2017. He was praised for his leadership helping develop the first biotechnology crops including Roundup Ready soybeans.

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Washington, D.C.

When:
2017

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Robb Fraley had an opportunity to meet with Bill Nye, ‘the science guy.

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Unknown

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Rob Fraley enjoyed a lighter moment with fellow bow tie wearer Bill Nye, ‘the science guy.

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