Orville Vogel, professor emeritus of agronomy and soil at Washington State University, and Hilary Koprowski, director of the Wistar Institute, received the 1990 John Scott Awards at a November 27 ceremony. The awards, given by the city of Philadelphia's Board of Directors of City Trusts, recognize men and women whose inventions have contributed to the "comfort, welfare and happiness" of mankind.

Vogel, 82, was honored for his breeding of semidwarf wheats, which helped spawn the "green revolution" and contributed to an increase in the world's food supplies. The 74-year-old Koprowski, who has been director of the Philadelphia-based independent biomedical research center since 1957, was recognized for his contributions to rabies vaccine research and development. Each of the honorees received a $10,000 cash award, a copper medal, and a certificate.

Herbert Rothbart, director of the United States Department of Agriculture's Eastern Regional Research Center and a member of the awards' advisory...

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