Volume 13 Number 2 Article 1 Pages: 18-20
Year 1958 Month 12
Title: Niels Ebbesen Hansen—Pioneer Fruit Breeder
Author: A.F. Yeager
Neils Ebbesen Hansen, one of our
greatest plant explorers and fruit
breeders, wasbom January 4th, 1866,
on a farm near Ribe, Denmark.
parents brought him to New York at
the age of seven.
In 1876, the family
moved to Des Moines, Iowa.
age of seventeen he entered Iowa State
College from which he graduated with
a B.S. in horticulture, in 1887. This
was the same year in which Congress
passed the Hatch Act, providing funds
for Experiment Stations in every state.
After graduation, he worked for a time
in a large grape nursery.
He was induced
to return to Iowa State by the
noted horticulturist, Professor Budd.
He was awarded his Master of Science
degree in 1895. South Dakota was then
looking for a man to build its Horticultural
Department at Brookings, and
selected Hansen for the job.
South Dakota State, he became one of
the best known horticulturists in the
For 55 years, until his death,
October 5, 1950, his influence was felt
not only in the Great Plains, but in every continent.
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