Thomas W. Whitaker (1904-1993) served as a geneticist for the United States Department of Agriculture where he developed new
varieties of cantaloupes, gourds, and lettuce. The collection contains his articles, talks, and manuscripts, as well as correspondence
received upon his retirement, and a photograph album.
Thomas W. Whitaker was born on August 13, 1904 in Monrovia, California. He graduated from the University of California, Davis
in 1927 and received his PhD in Biology at the University of Virginia in 1931. He served as a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard
University in 1933. In 1934, he became an Associate Professor at Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, Georgia. From 1936-1973,
he worked as a geneticist for the United States Department of Agriculture where he developed better tasting and disease resistant
varieties of cantaloupes, gourds, and lettuce.
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Collection is open for research.