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JENKINSON, David Stewart (1928 - 2011), Lawes Trust Senior Fellow, Rothamsted Research (formerly Rothamsted Experimental Station), since 1990

PICKETT, John Anthony (born 1945), Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellow, Rothamsted Research, since 2010

WHITTINGHAM, Charles Percival (1922 - 2011), Head of Department of Botany, Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1971–82

GOODEY, Tom (1885 - 1953), formerly Head of Nematology Department, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Herts

BRENCHLEY, Winifred Elsie (1883 - 1953), Head of Botanical Department, Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1907–48

OGG, William Gammie (1891 - 1979), Director of Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1943–58, retired

THORNTON, (Henry) Gerard (1892 - 1977), formerly Head of Department of Soil Microbiology, Rothamsted

ELLIOTT, Michael (1924 - 2007), Lawes Trust Senior Fellow, Rothamsted Experimental Station, since 1989

BAWDEN, Frederick (Charles) (1908 - 1972), Director of Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, since 1958

SAWICKI, Roman Mieczyslaw (1930 - 1990), Senior Principal Scientific Officer, Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1976–90

WILLIAMS, Carrington Bonsor (1889 - 1981), Chief Entomologist, Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1932–55; retired

PENMAN, Howard Latimer (1909 - 1984), Head of Physics Department, Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1955–74

MIFLIN, Benjamin John (born 1939), Chairman, Crop Evaluation Ltd, 2000–09; Director, 1994–99, Lawes Trust Fellow, 1999–2012, Rothamsted Research (formerly Institute of Arable Crops Research Rothamsted)

NUTMAN, Phillip Sadler (1914 - 2004), Head of Department of Soil Microbiology, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, 1957–79

GREGORY, Philip Herries (1907 - 1986), Head of Plant Pathology Department, Rothamsted Experimental Station, Harpenden, Hertfordshire, 1958–67

CALLOW, Robert Kenneth (1901 - 1983), Member of Staff, Rothamsted Experimental Station, 1966–72; Member of Scientific Staff, Medical Research Council, 1929–66

YATES, Frank (1902 - 1994), Honorary Scientist, Rothamsted Experimental Station, since 1968 (formerly Head of Statistics Department and Agricultural Research Statistical Service, and Deputy Director)


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Founded in 1843, it is the oldest agricultural research station in the world. It is situated in Harpenden, to the north of London. Some of the original field trials continue to this day. Many of the most prominent British statisticians have worked at Rothamsted. These include Sir Ronald Fisher, Yates, Cochran, Kempthorne, Nelder, and Wedderburn.

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