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.

2020 Winner: Brian Larkins

From humble beginnings in Chester, Nebraska, Brian Larkins became one of the most significant plant science community leaders of his generation. As one of the world’s foremost experts in maize seed development and protein assembly processes, he created an extensive body of work impacting agriculture. Brian was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1996 and has been honored with numerous distinguished and chaired professorships. He served as editor-in-chief of The Plant Cell, ASPB president, and president of the International Society for Plant Molecular Biology and is a founding member of the ASPB Legacy Society. Throughout his distinguished career, Brian has served on numerous evaluation committees, review teams, and advisory boards in support of the plant science community. Brian mentored a generation of graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty, providing advice on career decisions and emerging opportunities. Above all, he shows a benevolence to his friends and colleagues that is uncommon amidst the pressure and competition of the scientific endeavor.

2020 Winner: Don Ort

Don Ort is the Robert Emerson Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences at the University of Illinois. Don received his BS is in biology/chemistry from Wake Forest University and his PhD in plant biochemistry from Michigan State University. Don’s research on photosynthesis and plant–environment interactions spans scales from the molecular to the biochemical, physiological, agronomic, and ecological. His research leverages fundamental insights into mechanisms to advance improvements in crop performance. Throughout his career, Don has generously served the plant science community in many capacities, including as president of ASPB and editor-in-chief of Plant Physiology. Don was elected fellow of ASPB in 2007, fellow of AAAS in 2009, and member of the National Academy of Sciences in 2017.

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