Charles Reid Barnes Life Membership Award

This is the oldest award, established in 1925 at the first annual meeting of the Society through the generosity of Dr. Charles A. Shull. It honors Dr. Charles Reid Barnes, the first professor of plant physiology at the University of Chicago. It is an annual award for meritorious work in plant biology; it provides a life membership in the Society to an individual who is at least sixty years old. Membership is a requirement for the award, and, if appropriate, every fifth award should be made to an outstanding plant biologist from outside the United States.

2021 Winner: Bob Goldberg

Bob Goldberg’s contributions to plant science exemplify the hallmarks of Charles Reid Barnes’ distinguished career.  Bob, recipient of a Howard Hughes Professorship, was recognized at UCLA for innovative teaching and research with the Gold Shield Award for Excellence in Research and Undergraduate Education and the Luckmann Distinguished Teaching Award from the UCLA Academic Senate. A pioneer in plant molecular biology, Bob was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2001 and received the Stephen Hales Prize from the American Society of Plant Biologists in 2015.  Perhaps his most noteworthy and impactful contribution was serving as Founding Editor of The Plant Cell.  His vision for the journal impacted every detail, from policy to manuscript review, printing and illustration.  The Plant Cell not only helped make ASPB a premier global plant science society, but more importantly raised the visibility of plant research among the broader community of biologists by publishing the highest quality and highest impact research studies.

Tuan-hua David Ho, Chair (2019-2022)
Brian Larkins (2020-2021), past winner
Don Ort (2020-2021), past winner
Deborah Delmer (2018-2021)
Alan Jones (2020-2023)
Sylvia Lee, Staff Liaison