Colin W. Wrigley, AM, PhD

Colin Wrigley

Title: Food Scientist
Location:  Epping, New South Wales, Australia

Colin W. Wrigley, AM, PhD, food scientist, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in food science research.

Highly regarded and respected by his peers for his extensive research and expertise in nutrition chemistry, grain science and genetics breeding, Dr. Wrigley celebrates a career that has spanned more than six decades. During this time, he has published more than 700 written works, including research papers, books, book chapters and patents. Many of his publications have resulted from international collaborations with scientists worldwide. He has been an editorial board member of scientific journals including “Chemistry in Australia,” “Cereal Chemistry,” “Cereal Foods World,” “Electrophoresis,” “Theoretical and Applied Electrophoresis” and “Plant Varieties and Seeds.” In recognition of his professional excellence in his career, Dr. Wrigley is an appointed member of the Order of Australia for his service to the industry, particularly to grain science as a researcher and to the development of methods for improving wheat quality. He was also the recipient of a Bailey Medal, awarded by the Europe-based International Association for Cereal Science and Technology, as well as an Ollé Prize for Excellence in Scientific Writing from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute, a T.B. Osborne Medal from the American Association of Cereal Chemists, and an H.G. Smith Medal from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute. Recently, he earned a Who’s Who Humanitarian Award for his impactful work.

Dr. Wrigley’s career is supported by his academic achievements. He holds a PhD in agricultural chemistry, a Master of Science in biochemistry and a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry, all from the University of Sydney. He came to prominence in his career in early roles with the University of Sydney. Over the span of a decade, he served in several positions including teaching fellow, an experimental scientist for its CSIRO Wheat Research Unit and research fellow. After completing a postdoctoral fellowship with the department of plant science at the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, Dr. Wrigley returned to the CSIRO Wheat Research Unit and achieved senior roles with the laboratory. Notably, he was a senior research scientist for 13 years, then became officer-in-charge and chief research scientist. Now retired, he continues in his impact through his work as an adjunct professor for the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia. His past retirement projects have included work as a project consultant for the Value-Added Wheat Cooperative Research Centre and honorary research fellow for CSIRO Food Science and post-retirement fellow for CSIRO Grain Quality Research Laboratory. Looking ahead, he intends to continue in his retirement activities while pursuing passion projects and hobbies that he loves.

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