This lecture is named in honor of Dr. Fred Bentley
. Dr. Bentley's
academic career, mainly at the University of Alberta, spanned over 36 years and included Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture from 1959 to 1968.
Focusing on soil fertility and nutrient quality, Dr. Bentley conducted his research on Gray Luvisolic soils at the University of Alberta's Breton Plots located near Breton, Alberta. He obtained his BSc (Ag 39) and his MSc (Soil Science 42) from the University of Alberta and his PhD in Soil Science from the University of Minnesota in 1945. In 1990, Dr. Bentley received his Honorary Doctor of Science from the University of Alberta.
In addition to Bentley's service at the University of Alberta, he was involved in international development work in Sri Lanka (1952-1953), Thailand (1962) and India (1967). Following these travels he served as a Special Advisory for Agriculture with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and, in 1970, as a member of the Board of Governors for the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). In 1972, Dr. Bentley began a 10-year voluntary term as chair of the newly founded International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Aird Tropics (ICRISAT). His contributions to ICRISAT were honoured in 2001 with the establishment of the "Dr. C. Fred Bentley Conference Centre" at the ICRISAT headquarters in Hyderabad, India.
Dr. Bentley was a recipient of the U of A Distinguished Alumni Award (2008), the university's most prestigious honour, which recognizes graduates whose truly outstanding achievements have earned them national or international prominence.
A more in-depth biography for Dr. Bentley is available here.