Sir George Stapledon 1882-1960

Pioneer ecologist, geneticist and agricultural improver, regarded as one of the greatest agricultural scientists of the twentieth century.

In 1919, due to the generosity of The Rt. Hon. Lord Milford, Sir George Stapledon was able to establish the Welsh Plant Breeding Station near Aberystwyth, where he continued as Director until 1942. He was also a professor of Agriculture in Aberystwyth.

Stapledon was at least partially responsible for the regeneration of rural Britain during the inter-war years. His remarkable achievements in upland agricultural improvement, through the reclamation and rehabilitation of mountain and hill land, were largely responsible for the retention of the social, cultural and economic infrastructure of the hills and uplands of today’s Britain.