Section Awarded: National
Max Rothschild, Morrison Award
Sponsored by F. B. Morrison Fund
Max Rothschild earned a BS at University of California, Davis, MS at the University of Wisconsin and PhD at Cornell University. He first taught at the University of Maryland. In 1980 he joined the Dept. of Animal Science at Iowa State University and was promoted to Distinguished Professor in 1999. From 1993 to 2013 he was USDA Pig Genome Coordinator. His novel pig research received national and international recognition by demonstrating genetic control of immune response and identifying genes for litter size, fat deposition, meat quality and growth. His lab developed many DNA tests used today, impacting >75% of US pigs. He has trained over 75 students and visiting scientists. He has 12 US patents, 350 refereed papers and 600 other publications, and is coeditor of 4 books. His honors include ASAS Young Researcher, Animal Breeding & Genetics, International Agriculture and Fellows awards; USDA Group Honor and USAID Team Awards; 2 R&D100 awards; Iowa Inventor of the Year; and AAAS fellow.