Inside Iowa State
October 8, 1999

Food Prize recipient to speak at ISU

by Phyllis Peters, Veterinary Medicine
The world-renowned scientist who will receive the 1999 World Food Prize also will present the Frank K. Ramsey Lecture in Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State. Walter Plowright, a British veterinarian who developed a vaccine for rinderpest, one of the world’s deadliest animal diseases, will accept the World Food Prize in Des Moines on Oct. 14, and spend Monday, Oct. 18, at the College of Veterinary Medicine.

Plowright’s ISU talk, "Reminiscences of a Veterinary Research Worker in Africa — How It Really Happened," begins at 10 a.m. Oct. 18 in 1226 Veterinary Medicine. Plowright will be available to meet people in the Ramsey Alumni Room following the lecture.

Rinderpest killed up to 50 percent of the cattle in parts of Africa when Plowright began his work some 40 years ago. Based in Kenya, he conducted pioneering research to develop a safe, effective and inexpensive vaccine. Widespread use of the vaccine led to virtual elimination of the cattle plague in all but a few isolated pockets of the world.

Plowright, 76, is the first veterinarian to receive the prestigious award, created 12 years ago to annually honor achievements that improve the world’s food supply.

If the lecture room fills to capacity, a live video feed will provide large-screen viewing in a second large lecture room at the college. The parking lots at Vet Med will be designated for "open" parking on Oct. 18, but campus participants are encouraged to use CyRide’s orange route to the Vet Med campus.

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