Davies, Peter J.

Cornell Faculty Member
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Peter Davies was a member of the faculty at Cornell University for 46 ½ years, and a full professor for 33 years, before he retired in 2016 with the titles of Professor of Plant Physiology and International Professor of Plant Biology. Prior to that he was at Yale University for three years. He holds degrees from the University of Reading in England (B.Sc. Honors in Agricultural Botany 1962, Ph.D. in Agricultural Botany with an emphasis on herbicide physiology in 1966), and the University of California at Davis (M.S. Plant Physiology 1964). He has published over 100 papers and several books. At Cornell he taught Plant Physiology for his entire career, reaching thousands of students who are now involved in science and agriculture worldwide, and Plant Growth and Development for many years. More recently he started a popular course entitled Issues in Social Biology covering the societal implications of advances in biology, and even more recently joined The GMO Debate - Science and Society, a course on GMO crops, their regulation and societal implications. He was the Chair of Plant Biology 1992-1996, the Director of Graduate Studies for the Field of Botany 1980-83, Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Plant Sciences major 2004-2009, and Chair, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Faculty Senate 2001-4. He held the position of a Jefferson Science Fellow at the United States Department of State in 2011-14 serving as a science advisor in the area of agricultural biotechnology, and has been involved in Cornell’s mission in international agriculture. In retirement he continues biotech crop advocacy with lectures and articles at home and abroad, and serves as a docent in Cornell Plantations botanical garden and arboretum.

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