Don Hildebrand

Title: Plant Pathologist
Company: University of California, Berkeley
Location: Sisters, Oregon, United States

Don Hildebrand, plant pathologist at University of California, Berkeley, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in botany.

With nearly 30 years of professional experience, Dr. Hildebrand was a plant pathologist with the University of California, Berkeley from 1962 to 1990. In addition to his primary role, he has written extensively in his areas of expertise and contributed research articles to professional journals. He is a former associate editor of the Annual Review of Phytopathology and Plant Disease Reporter. His area of expertise in in plant pathology focused on bacterial relationships to teach other and three dimensional models of relationships between various bacteria.

Dr. Hildebrand began his career as a student a North Idaho Junior College, completing coursework in 1949. He continued his studies with Washington State University, obtaining a Bachelor of Science in 1953. He then joined the United States Navy, serving as a lieutenant and air intelligence officer from 1953 to 1956. He returned to his education with the University of California, Berkeley, earning a PhD in 1962. Dr. Hildebrand was always interested in pathology; he preferred to work with plants instead of animals. He looked for plant pathologists who worked with bacteria. When he found them, he went on that career path.

A respected voice in his areas of interest, Dr. Hildebrand has been an active leader in his community. He is a member of the American Phytopathology Society, the Society of General Microbiology, the American Society of Microbiology, and the International Committee of Systematic Bacteriology. He has also been affiliated with Lake Merritt Joggers and Striders and the United States Track and Field Association. A highlight of Dr. Hildebrand’s career was finding a cure for a cancer found in plants. He also developed 3D models that show bacterial relationships.

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