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
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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