Our podcast guest today has spent a lifetime ensuring leading edge-agricultural biotechnology and microbiology are being applied to some of the world’s most intractable food challenges.
That precise, detailed work – along with fostering the careers of hundreds of researchers and postgraduate students – has seen James Dale rise to the position of inaugural Distinguished Professor at QUT’s Centre for Tropical Crops and Bio-commodities.
An expert himself in researching, describing and overcoming destructive agricultural diseases, Professor Dale received his Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 and his work was listed among Time Magazine’s Top 25 Inventions that same year. In 2015, he was honoured with a Queensland Greats Award and was named Queensland’s Senior Australian of the Year in 2019.
The most recent honour for this scientist, researcher, entrepreneur and humanitarian was for his dedication to developing a potentially life-saving food source for some of the poorest people on Earth.