Frederiksen donates Jakob Eriksson Prize

On June 20th the Department of Plant Pathology welcomed alumni and friends to celebrate Richard Frederiksen '55 '57 '61.

During the event, Dr. Frederiksen donated his 1998 Jakob Eriksson Prize to Plant Pathology. This award is given by the International Society for Plant Pathology for excellence in the field. Only 11 scientists have received this award since its inception in 1930--four are University of Minnesota alumni or faculty members.

Dr. Frederiksen was born in Renville, MN. He completed all three of his degrees  - Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. - in Plant Pathology at the University of Minnesota. From 1956-1963, he was employed by the USDA as an agent plant pathologist, and in 1963 he joined the Texas A&M faculty and progressed through the ranks to professor in 1973. Dr. Frederiksen is recognized internationally as an authority on sorgum and maize deseases, and has worked extensively in Africa, Asia, and South and Central America to help resolve problems with sorghum and maize production. 

Dr. Frederiksen received the Jakob Erikkson Prize for Plant Pathology in 1998. This prize was established in 1923 at an International Conference of Phytopathology and Economic Entomology at Wageningen, the Netherlands, to encourage creative study of plant pathogens and the processes of disease development in plants. In the 1930's the small associated fund was augmented by contributions from Prof. Hendrik M. Quanjer (Netherlands), Prof. Arthur Jaczewski ( Russia) and the American Phytopathological Society, so that the Jakob Eriksson Prize could include a cash award when presented at appropriate future occasions.

The Prize is named in honor of Jakob Eriksson (1848-1931), a prominent Swedish mycologist and plant pathologist who specialized in fungal taxonomy and parasitism of plant pathogenic fungi. Eriksson wrote in four languages, published a series of plant pathology papers beginning in 1890, and produced a textbook on Fungus Diseases of Plants in Agriculture, Horticulture and Forestry, which became the standard of the discipline.