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This Lectureship was established in 1981 by ARS to honor the memory of Sterling B. Hendricks and to recognize scientists who have made outstanding contributions to the chemical science of agriculture. Hendricks contributed to many diverse scientific disciplines, including soil science, mineralogy, agronomy, plant physiology, geology, and chemistry. The deadline for nominations is January 14, 2022.  For more information, direct inquiries to

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2021 Awardee


Fereidoon Shahidi is internationally recognized for his basic and applied research on food lipids and phenolic antioxidants. He has made outstanding and pioneering contributions to both the fundamental and applied areas of food and nutraceutical science, food technology, functional foods, and antioxidant phenolics and has significantly advanced the discipline of food, nutrition, and agricultural science at the national and international levels.

Fereidoon obtained his PhD in physical-organic chemistry from McGill University in 1977 and is a University Research Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, where he also has cross-appointments with the Department of Biology, the Department of Ocean Sciences, and the aquaculture program. He is renowned for his studies in food chemistry, food biochemistry, seafood and aquaculture, nutraceuticals, and flavor research, and has received twelve patents for his development of alternative meat-curing systems as well as green tea catechin derivatives and methods of their use. The results of his seafood and seafood byproduct research has greatly supported Canada’s seafood and marine oil industries.

Fereidoon is one of the most highly cited researchers in food science, nutrition, and agricultural sciences, being listed 814 out of nearly 160,000 individuals by the Stanford University’s World’s top 2% scientists. His groundbreaking scientific achievements have resulted in numerous awards, including the American Oil Chemists’ Society (AOCS) Stephen S. Chang Award, the Alton E. Bailey Award, and the Supelco AOCS Research Award. He is also the recipient of several awards from the ACS, including the Advancement of the Application of Agricultural and Food Chemistry Award and Distinguished Service Award. He is also a Fellow of ACS and its Agricultural and Food Chemistry Division as well as seven other societies. He is currently the chair of the Scientific Council of the International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and is the principal founder of the International Society for Nutraceuticals and Functional Foods (ISNFF) as well as the Nutraceuticals and.Functional Food Division of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Since 1987, Fereidoon has obtained more than $12 million in outside funding for research support, and his work has resulted in the publication of more than 1,000 research articles, book chapters, and patents. The editor and/or author of 78 books, he also now serves as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Food Bioactives and Food Production, Processing, and Nutrition.

Throughout his career, Fereidoon has collaborated with many other universities in different countries in South America, North America, Asia, and Europe. In his role as a mentor, guide, and educator, he has trained 35 PhD and 46 MS students, and more than 50 research associates, postdoctoral fellows, and assistants, as well as visiting professors and scholars. His former students, now his colleagues, occupy key positions as faculty members, government workers, and industry leaders in over twenty countries on five continents, attesting to the vital role he has played in educating the next generation of scientists.

Past Awardees


Norman E. Borlaug, Nobel Laureate, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, Mexico City, Mexico


Warren L. Butler, University of California-San Diego


Melvin Calvin, Nobel Laureate, University of California-Berkeley


Frederick Ausubel, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts


Alan Putnam, Michigan State University, East Lansing


Ralph Hardy, Cornell University and BioTechnica International, Ithaca, New York


Mary-Dell Chilton, Ciba-Geigy Corporation, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina


Bruce N. Ames, University of California, Berkeley


Sanford A. Miller, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, Texas


Roy L. Whistle, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana


Peter S. Eagleson, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge


John E. Casida, University of California-Berkeley


Philip H. Abelson, Deputy Editor, Science, and Scientific Advisor to AAAS, Washington, DC


Wendell L. Roelofs, Cornell University, Ithaca, New York


Winslow R. Briggs, Carnegie Institution of Washington, Stanford, California


Hugh D. Sisler, University of Maryland, College Park


Ernest Hodgson, North Carolina State University, Raleigh


Morton Beroza, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland


Bruce D. Hammock, University of California-Davis




William S. Bowers, University of Arizona, Tuscon


Malcolm Thompson, USDA-ARS (retired), Beltsville, Maryland


Irvin E. Liener, University of Minnesota, St. Paul


Kriton Kleanthis Hatzios, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg


Robert L. Buchanan, Food and Drug Administration, College Park, Maryland


Donald L. Sparks, University of Delaware, Newark


Stanley B. Prusiner, Nobel Laureate, University of California, San Francisco


Bruce E. Dale, Michigan State University, East Lansing


Fergus M. Clydesdale, University of Massachusetts-Amherst


Charles J. Arntzen, Arizona State University-Tempe


Chris Somerville, Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute, Berkeley, California


Deborah P. Delmer, University of California-Davis


Eric Block, University at Albany, State University of New York


Keith Solomon, University of Guelph, Canada


Robert T. Fraley, Monsanto, Company, St. Louis, Missouri


James Tumlinson, Penn State, University Park


May R. Berenbaum, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign


John Pickett, Rothamsted Research, United Kingdom


James N. Seiber, University of California, Davis


John W. Finley, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge


Thomas C. Sparks, Corteva Agrisciences, Wilmington, DE

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