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Encyclopedia > Baldur Stefansson

Baldur Rosmund Stefansson, OC , OM, F.A.I.C. (April 26, 1917 - January 3, 2002) was a Canadian agricultural scientist and as one of the originators of canola, became known as the "Father of Canola". The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means, Desiring a better country. ... The Order of Manitoba, established in 1999, is the highest honour of the Province of Manitoba. ... April 26 is the 116th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (117th in leap years). ... 1917 (MCMXVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar (see link for calendar) or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 13-day slower Julian calendar. ... January 3 is the 3rd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Cusco album, see 2002 (album). ... Canola field near Red Deer, Alberta Canola field in Temora, New South Wales Canola field near Bindi Bindi Western Australia In agriculture, Canola is a trademarked cultivar of the rapeseed plant from which rapeseed oil is obtained. ...


Born in Vestfold, Manitoba, a son of Icelandic immigrants Gudmundur and Jonina Stefansson, he served in the Canadian army during World War II. After the war, he attended the University of Manitoba where he received a Dip.Ag. in 1949, a B.S.A. in 1950, and a M.Sc. in 1952. He received his Ph.D. in 1966. Combatants Allies: • Soviet Union, • UK & Commonwealth, • USA, • France/Free France, • China, • Poland, • ...and others Axis: • Germany, • Japan, • Italy, • ...and others Commanders Strength Casualties Full list Full list World War II, also known as the Second World War, was a large scale military conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945. ... The University of Manitoba (established in 1877) is one of four universities in Winnipeg, Manitoba and was the first university ever established in Western Canada. ... 1949 (MCMXLIX) is a common year starting on Saturday. ... 1950 (MCML) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1966 calendar). ...


He worked in the Department of Plant Science for the University of Manitoba as a professor and researcher. He worked with Dr. Keith Downey to develop a variety of rapeseed that could be used as an edible oil. This is known as canola and is one of Canada’s top edible oil and one of the largest oilseed crops in the world. He retired in 1986. Richard Keith Downey, O.C., Ph. ... Binomial name Brassica napus L. Rapeseed (Brassica napus), also known as Rape, Oilseed Rape, Rapa, Rapaseed and (one particular cultivar) Canola, is a bright yellow flowering member of the family Brassicaceae. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 1985 he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada. In 1998 he was awarded the Order of the Buffalo Hunt, one of Manitoba’s highest honours. In 2000, he was presented with the Order of Manitoba and the Icelandic Order of the Falcon. This article is about the year. ... The Order of Canada is Canadas highest civilian honour, with membership awarded to those who exemplify the Orders Latin motto Desiderantes meliorem patriam, which means, Desiring a better country. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The Order of Manitoba, established in 1999, is the highest honour of the Province of Manitoba. ...


He received Honorary Doctorates from the University of Manitoba in 1997 and the University of Iceland in 2000. He was inducted to the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2002. 1997 (MCMXCVII in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The University of Iceland (Háskóli Íslands) is a state university, founded in 1911. ... This article is about the year 2000. ...


He was married to Sigridur and they had three children: Bjorgvin, Helga and Paul.


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Stefansson, Baldur Rosmund (212 words)
Baldur Rosmund Stefansson, plant breeder (b at Vestfold, Man 26 Apr 1917).
Stefansson has been a leader in development of rapeseed from an unadapted crop producing modest amounts of industrial oil to an adapted food and feed crop (CANOLA) rivalling wheat in acreage and value.
Baldur Stefansson and R.K. Downey first identified the first low erucic plants in rape, which led to the development of canola (Corel Professional Photos).
Baldur Rosmund Stefansson, BSA, MSc, PhD (275 words)
Baldur Stefansson made a major contribution to Canada, Canadians, and people around the world through his outstanding work in developing canola.
Baldur, often referred to as the "father of canola", was born at Vestfold, Manitoba, to Gudmundur and Jonina Stefansson, a pioneer Icelandic family.
However, rapeseed oil, with its high level of erucic acid, was a threat to human health, and rapeseed meal, because of its high level of glucosinolates, was unsuitable as feed for livestock.
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