Ben Madson (1887-1974) served as Professor of Agronomy (1928-1954) and Director of
Agricultural Field Stations (1948-1954) at the University of California. His papers contain correspondence,
field station research and progress reports, range management investigations and budgets, committee
materials regarding the development of the University of California, College of Agriculture (now the
University of California, Davis), and several photographs of field test plots.
Ben Madson (1887-1974) graduated in 1907 from Iowa State College. After working as an assistant chemist at
the college and as chief chemist for the Iowa Sugar Company, in 1910 he came to the University of California
as an assistant in agronomy. He went on to serve as chairman of the Agronomy Department from 1927-1948.
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