John Ralph

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Professor (also Biological Systems Engineering & D.O.E. Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center)
B.Sc. (Hons). Chemistry, Canterbury U., New Zealand
Ph.D. Chemistry/Forestry, U. Wisconsin-Madison
Phone: (608) 890-2429
Email: jralph@wisc.edu

Honors & Awards

Certificate of recognition for 20 years of service in the Government of the USA - 2008

USDA-ARS Achievement Award - 2008

Selected by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) for HighlyCited.com because of “exceptional citation count in the field of Agricultural Science.” - 2007

Top 50 cited papers award, Carbohydrate Research 339(11), 2009-2017 - 2007

Selected as a visiting scientist for 2 months at Dept. of Chemistry, Umeå U., Sweden. To develop chemometrics methods on 2D NMR data (in Prof. Björn Sundberg’s group). - 2006

USDA-ARS Achievement Award for “Superior leadership, planning and demonstrated research to enhance the science of lignin composition in plants.” - 2006

Elected Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - 2005

2005 USDA-ARS Achievement Award for “Excelling in every facet of a dynamic research effort which results in the world’s leading plant chemistry group.” - 2005

USDA-ARS Achievement Award - 2004

USDA-ARS Achievement Award for “His aggressive, productive research effort, which discovers lignin synthesis in plant cell walls.” - 2003

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “For outstanding research accomplishments leading to discoveries in the chemistry of lignin biosynthesis in cell walls.” - 2002

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “For outstanding research accomplishments leading to discoveries in the chemistry of lignin biosynthesis in cell walls.” - 2001

Elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science. - 2000

Awarded Institut Universitaire de France Fellowship for sojourn in France, 1 month, to lecture at 5 Universities, and work in Alain Boudet’s Lab in Toulouse. - 2000

USDA-ARS Achievement Award "For outstanding research accomplishments leading to discoveries in the chemistry of lignin biosynthesis in cell walls.” - 2000

Y2K award for “substantial effort and contributions to the ARS Y2K effort.” - 2000

USDA-ARS Achievement Award for “Exceptionally productive research and development in the area of chemical structure of plant cell walls.” - 1999

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “In recognition for exceptional productivity in research and program development in the area of chemical structure of plant cell walls.” - 1998

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “For exceptionally productive research into the chemical structure of plant cell walls.” - 1997

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “In recognition of exceptional productivity and progress in developing and understanding the chemical architecture of cell walls.” - 1996

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “For outstanding cooperative efforts in developing the USDFRC’s cell wall research program.” - 1995

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “In recognition for outstanding achievement in assembling the NMR database of lignin model compounds and making it available on the internet.” - 1994

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “In recognition for outstanding contributions to cell wall chemistry.” - 1993

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “In recognition for outstanding productivity and stimulating impact on forage cell wall research at the USDFRC.” - 1992

Scientific Computing and Automation, Top 5 Software Products Award for “Scientific Reference System II” bibliographic management software. - 1991

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “In recognition for stimulating contributions to team research that have opened up new horizons for team members in the area of plant cell wall chemistry.” - 1991

USDA-ARS Achievement Award “In recognition for contributions to team research in the area of cell wall chemistry and the outstanding effort given to the acquisition of an NMR instrument.” - 1990

Honor Society of Agriculture - 1980

National Research Advisory Council Fellowship - 1978

Haydon Prize in Chemistry - 1976

University Senior Scholarship - 1976

U. Grants Committee Scholarship (declined) - 1976

New Zealand Institute of Chemistry Prize - 1975

University Junior Scholarship - 1972