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Naomi Chapman Woodroof

Naomi Chapman Woodroof
  • Birth: 02/05/1900
  • Death: 01/04/1989
Date Honored: 09/19/1997

Georgia Agricultural Hall of Fame

Known as a "pioneer in agriculture," Mrs. Woodroof was one of the first women to receive a degree in agriculture in the United States and was the first woman scientist at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin and the Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton. She founded the Plant Pathology Department at the Coastal Plain Experiment Station and was a key member of the peanut breeding program. Her efforts led to disease control, culture and varietal recommendations that resulted in a five-fold increase in peanut yields. She received the Georgia Peanut Service Award and was named an honorary member of the "Ton-an-Acre" Peanut Club. The building that housed the first agricultural exhibit, Georgia Agriculture 96, in Centennial Olympic Park in 1996, was re-erected in her honor at the Georgia Experiment Station in Griffin.

Occupation: Researcher in the Department of Plant Pathology, University of Georgia College of Agriculture.