Ira Baldwin

Ira Baldwin

Infobox Writer
name = Ira L. Baldwin
pseudonym =
birthdate = birth date|1895|8|20
birthplace = Indiana, United States
deathdate = death date and age|1999|8|9|1895|8|20
deathplace = Tucson, Arizona, United States
occupation = biologist
nationality = American
genre =
subject = bacteriology
movement =
influences =

Ira L. Baldwin (August 20,1895 – August 9,1999) was the founder and director emeritus of the Wisconsin Academy Foundation. He began teaching bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he had done his doctoral work, in 1927, and a few years later moved into what became a long career in administration. He held positions as chair of the Department of Bacteriology, dean of the Graduate School, dean and director of the College of Agriculture, university vice president for academic affairs, and special assistant to the president. He was also involved in programs for agricultural development both in the United States and abroad. Among Baldwin's many achievements was a review of Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring", titled "Chemicals and Pests" in the journal Science.

Early life and education

Ira Baldwin was born in 1895 on a 40 acre farm in Indiana. In his youth, he earned money to attend college by selling ducks and husking corn. In World War I, he served as a second lieutenant in an artillery unit, state-side. Baldwin attended college at Purdue but sought his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.


After World War II, Baldwin returned to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, becoming the vice president of academic affairs in 1948 and special assistant to the university's president a decade later. He died a few days before his 104th birthday in 1999. [cite web|title = In Memoriam: Ira Baldwin|work = Digital Collections Center|publisher = University of Wisconsin|date = 2000|url =|accessdate = 2008-05-09]

ee also

* Rachel Carson


External links

* [ PBS American Experience Bio Page]
* [ PBS American Experience Weapons Pioneer]
* [ In Memoriam: Ira Baldwin]

NAME= Baldwin, Ira L.
SHORT DESCRIPTION= American agricultural bacteriologist
DATE OF BIRTH= August 20 1895
DATE OF DEATH= August 9, 1999
PLACE OF DEATH= Tucson, Arizona

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