First Agricultural Research Station Built … and still around

John Bennet Lawes, an English Agronomist and founder of the artificial fertilizer industry, built the first agricultural research station on his Estate at Rothamsted, England. In 1843 Joseph Henry Gilbert a chemist and John Bennet Lawes, co-founded the Rothamsted Experimental Station, where they researched fertilizer and animal nutrition.

John Bennet Lawes

Joseph Henry Gilbert

Joseph Henry Gilbert

Date:
      1843
Name(s):
      John Bennet Lawes (agronomist), Joseph Henry Gilbert (chemist)
Founded:
      Rothamsted Experimental Station
Location:
      An Estate at Rothamsted, England



Additional Information:

  • Rothamsted Research | where knowledge grows
    Rothamsted is the longest running agricultural research station in the world, providing cutting-edge science and innovation for more than170 years.
  • History – Rothamsted Research | where knowledge grows
    Rothamsted is almost certainly the oldest agricultural research station in the world. Its foundation dates from 1843 when John Bennet Lawes, the owner of the Rothamsted Estate, appointed Joseph Henry Gilbert, a chemist, as his scientific collaborator.
  • Rothamsted Research – Wikipedia
    Rothamsted Research, previously known as the Rothamsted Experimental Station and then the Institute of Arable Crops Research, is one of the oldest agricultural research institutions in the world, having been founded in 1843. It is located at Harpenden in the English county of Hertfordshire.

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