Thompson, Homer Columbus 1885

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Homer C. Thompson was born in 1885 in Montgomery County, Maryland where he received his early education. He received his B.Sc. (1909), M.S. (1923) and Ph.D. in botany (1926) from The Ohio State University.

He was Assistant Professor of Horticulture at Mississippi Agricultural and Mechanical College from 1909-1910. He became Associate Professor of Horticulture at South Carolina College of Agriculture in 1910. From 1911-1913 he was Assistant Horticulturist with the U.S.D.A. in Washington, D.C. He became horticulturist in 1913 and remained with the Federal department until 1918 when he became professor with the Department of Vegetable Crops at Cornell University. In 1921 he became head of the department and continued until his retirement in 1951. He was made Emeritus Professor in 1951.

Professor Thompson was president of the American Society of Horticultural Science in 1924. He was a member of A.A.A.S. and the American Society of Plant Physiologists.

Dr. Thompson has been the author of several textbooks as follows:

Vegetable Crops (1923, 31, 39, 57 - 5th edition with Wm. C. Kelly)
Sweet Potato Production and Handling (1929)
Asparagus Production (1942)

Dr. Thompson was for many years one of the outstanding vegetable teachers and advisors to graduate students on vegetable crops in this country. He was always an outstanding member of the American Society for Horticultural Science. Undoubtedly the excellent reputation of the Department of Vegetable Crops at Cornell University has been due to his enthusiasm, competence, and good judgment.