Fabulous 50: 1st National Academy Member

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Stanley G. Stephens, Professor of Genetics

Fifty years ago Stanley George Stephens (1911-1986) became the first NC State faculty member to be elected to the National Academy of Sciences.  Stephens came to the university in 1949 as a professor of agronomy.  He then served as head of the genetics faculty from 1951 to 1957.  His research focused on cotton and other field crops.  He retired in 1974 as a professor emeritus after 25 years at the university.  The NCSU Libraries' Special Collections Research Center holds a collection of Stephens's papers.

Stanley G. Stephens (center), with Chancellor John Caldwell (left) and President Bill Friday (right), at the time he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences