The International Union of Soil Sciences Secretariat was sad to learn that our distinguished colleague Nyle C Brady passed away on 24 November 2015 at the age of 95.
Dr. Brady was a global leader in soil science, in agriculture, and in humanity. He worked at Cornell University for over 20 years in several capacities including Assistant Dean of the College of Agriculture. During this period, he was elected President of both the American Society of Agronomy and of the Soil Science Society of America. He is also widely known as co-author of the classic soil science textbook The Nature and Properties of Soil.
Known for his active interest in international development and for his administrative skills, he was called in 1973 to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. During his eight years as Director General at IRRI he pioneered numerous major advances that would have significant impacts in soil science in rice production.
Dr. Brady then returned to work for another 10 years under the direction of the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C. He was a fierce champion of international scientific cooperation to promote sustainable resource use and agricultural development.
His death is a tremendous loss for soil science.