Allan Barrie Campbell, D.Sc., May 27, 1992
Allan Barrie Campbell
O.C.; B.S.A.,M.Sc.(Man.); Ph.D.(Minn.);F.R.S.Can.; F.A.I.C.

Dr. Campbell, son of the late Justice Arnold and Mrs. Trina Campbell, received his B.S.A. and M.Sc. degrees at the University of Manitoba and his Ph.D. degree at the University of Minnesota. Immediately upon graduation, he was employed by Agriculture Canada as a Wheat Breeder at the Winnipeg Research Station where he remained throughout his professional career. Dr. Campbell retired in 1988 after completing thirty-nine years of continuous employment. He and his wife Mavis reside in Winnipeg.

Dr. Campbell is an outstanding scientist who has devoted his entire career to the breeding and development of new, rust resistant varieties of Hard Red Spring Wheat (bread wheat) for production on the prairies. Dr. Campbell's success as a wheat breeder and a leader of a team of geneticists, plant pathologists, and cereal chemists is without equal. Between 1949 to 1988, Dr. Campbell and his team developed and registered a total of nine high quality wheat cultivars, the first in 1959 (the cultivar Pembina), the most recent in 1986 (the cultivar Roblin). As a measure of his success it is worthy of note that when he retired in 1988, the cultivars developed by Dr. Campbell and his team at Winnipeg accounted for approximately 90% of the total acreage of bread wheat grown on the prairies. In terms of monetary returns to the economy of western Canada during that year alone, the production of Dr. Campbell's cultivars amounted to approximately 2.5 billion dollars.

Dr. Campbell has received many honours and awards. They include:

  • the Agricultural Institute of Canada Scholarship
  • the Agronomy Merit Award presented by the Western Co-operative Fertilizer Co. for outstanding service to farmers of western Canada
  • the Public Service Merit Award presented by the Incentive Award Board of the Public Service of Canada for an exceptional contribution to the effectiveness of the Public Service
  • the Gold Medal, Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada - for outstanding contributions to science
  • the Outstanding Research Award, Canadian Society of Agronomy
  • in 1979 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of his theoretical contributions relating to genetic improvement of crop plants and development of improved wheat varieties, and also received that year, an Honorary Life Membership in the Canadian Seed Growers Association in recognition of his outstanding success in developing new varieties of wheat
  • in 1981 he was made a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada in honour of his contribution to the agricultural economy of western Canada through his development of improved varieties of wheat
  • on his retirement, he received special recognition from the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool
  • in 1989 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada for his contributions to Prairie Agriculture.

In his long and successful career as a plant breeder, Dr. Campbell has truly made a significant contribution to Western Canadian agriculture. For more than three decades, he and his team have been responsible in a major way for upholding Canada's reputation and supremacy as an international supplier of wheat of the highest bread-making quality.

Mr. Chancellor, it is an honour and a personal pleasure for me to ask, in the name of the Senate of the University of Manitoba, that
you confer upon Dr. Allan Barrie Campbell, the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.

-citation delivered by Arnold Naimark, President, University of Manitoba