John Ralph

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Professor (also Biological Systems Engineering and 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

Clarivate Analytics highly cited researcher, one of 10 at UW-Madison - 2017

Selected by Thompson Reuters (now Clarivate Analytics) highly cited researcher, one of 10 at UW-Madison - 2016

Awarded Distinguished Professor status at Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology - 2015

Selected by Thompson Reuters for HighlyCited.com as a Highly Cited Researcher - 2015

ASPB Highly Cited Author (2009-2013 papers) - 2015

CSIRO, Australia, McMaster Fellowship - 2014

Anselme Payen Award, American Chemical Society, (Cellulose and Renewable Materials Division) - 2014

Selected by Thompson Reuters for HighlyCited.com as a Highly Cited Researcher - 2014

The University of Seville – BRUKER Award 2012 that recognizes the best scientific paper using NMR techniques for the paper “Structural Characterization of Wheat Straw Lignin as Revealed by Analytical Pyrolysis, 2D-NMR and Reductive Cleavage Methods.” - 2013

Selected by Thompson Reuters for HighlyCited.com as a Highly Cited Researcher - 2013

Stanford's GCEP (Global Climate and Energy Program) Distinguished Lecturer Award - 2012

Fulbright Fellowship - 2012

Selected by Thompson Reuters for HighlyCited.com as a Highly Cited Researcher - 2012

Selected by Thompson Reuters for HighlyCited.com as a Highly Cited Researcher - 2011

Vilas Associate Award - 2010

Selected by Thompson Reuters for HighlyCited.com as a Highly Cited Researcher - 2010

Selected by Thompson Reuters for HighlyCited.com as a Highly Cited Researcher - 2009

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

Article entitled “Lignin Biosynthesis” in Annual Review of Plant Biology (2003) identified by Thomson Reuters’ Essential Science Indicators as one of the most cited papers.

Selected by Thompson Reuters for HighlyCited.com as a Highly Cited Researcher - 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, article in Carbohydrate Research 339(11), pp. 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