Dr. George Fedak (BSA’63, MCS’65) research scientist at Agriculture Canada, has been awarded the Vernadskyi Gold Medal by Ukraine’s Academy of Sciences for his outstanding achievements in the field of natural, technical and socio-human sciences genetics and selection of agricultural plants.
Fedak was born on December 28, 1940 in Canada in the city of Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan. In 1963, he received his first Bachelor’s Degree in Bachelor’s Degree in Plant Sciences from the University of Saskatchewan. Subsequent degrees – Ph.D. and Pdf – he received in the field of cytogenetics in 1969 and 1970, respectively, at the University of Manitoba Province and the Research Center in Ottawa.
The wide field of his scientific interests covers such fields as remote (inter-species and inter-species) hybridization of plants, search for and introduction into the selection of new genes from wild species, molecular genetics and molecular cytology, research of QTL loci in populations of dihaploids in tissue culture, development of physical maps of chromosomes using EST induced by fungal infection, pyramidation of disease resistance genes.
Fedak has earned a reputation as a world-famous scientist, making invaluable contributions to the world treasury of research in leading cereal crops of barley and wheat.