Indian Phytopathological Society 

New Delhi


William E. Fry

William E. Fry

Education: Nebraska Wesleyan University, 1962-64, 65-66, BA (Chemistry) (high distinction); University of Minnesota, 1964-65; Cornell University, 1966-70 PhD (Plant Pathology)

Experience: Central Connecticut State College, Biology – Assistant Professor (1970-71) Cornell University, Department of Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology; Assistant Professor (1971), Associate Professor (1977), Professor (1984 -present); Department Chairman (1981-1995, 2011-2014); College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Senior Associate Dean (2001-2007). Dean of the Cornell University Faculty (2008-2012).

Sabbatical Leaves: University of California, Davis (1978-1979), Wageningen Agricultural University, the Netherlands (1989-1990), University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (2007-2008)
Awards and Honors: Sigma XI: Member (1970); Fulbright Grantee (1989-1990), Fulbright Specialist (2016 - present); American Phytopathological Society: FELLOW (1990), PRESIDENT (1995/1996) Cornell University; Award of Merit (Research) Gamma Sigma Delta (1998), TRUSTEE, Cornell University Board of Trustees (1998-2002), Excellence in Graduate student advising (2014). Outstanding Service to CALS (2007).  Chancellor’s award for faculty service (2012); International Potato Center: Scientific Liaison Officer (1999-2007) British Society of Plant Pathology: HONORARY MEMBER (2003) AAAS:  FELLOW (February, 2010).

Areas of Scholarship: Epidemiology and management of plant disease with special emphasis on Late blight of potato. Biology (genetics, developmental biology, ecology, pathogenicity) of Phytophthora infestans.

Teaching: Plant Disease Control, Plant Disease Epidemiology, Advanced Plant Pathology, Introductory Plant Pathology, Biology of Plant Pathogens.

Publications: Books (4), Refereed research articles (>180); Book Chapters (>30), Miscellaneous technical articles (>200).

Citations: >15,000 (Google Scholar: February 2017) 

Address: Plant Pathology and Plant-Microbe Biology, 334 Plant Science Building, Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853. USA Ph: 1 607 255 7863
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