- BSA (Alberta), MSc (Alberta), PhD (Leeds), FRSC, FCIC. FAIC, DSc (Saskatchewan), DSc (Manitoba)
Dr. John Ansel Anderson, a world renowned cereal chemist, was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Manitoba in 1978. Dr. Anderson was the chief chemist for the Board of Grain Commissioners and director of the Grain Research Laboratory in Winnipeg from 1939 until 1962 who was responsible for the quality control of all commercially-grown Canadian grain. Dr. Anderson was appointed Director of the Canada Department of Agriculture Research Station in 1962 and then became the Director-General of the Canada Department of Agriculture Research Branch in Ottawa. Dr. Anderson retired from public service in 1968 but then pursued an academic position of research professor position at the University in the Department of Plant Science.
During Dr. Anderson’s scientific career, he published over 100 scientific papers on the biochemistry of proteins in wheats and barleys and was a major contributor to the development of the Canadian wheat grading system.
Dr. Anderson was the first Canadian to receive the highly prestigious Osborne Medal of the American Association of Cereal Chemists.