Wendell L. Roelofs
Wendell Lee Roelofs
|Education||bachelor's degree (chemistry, 1960)|
NIH post doctoral fellowship
|Alma mater||Central College in Pella, Iowa|
Indiana University Bloomington
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
|Employer||Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences|
Department of Entomology-Geneva
|Known for||Developed insect sex attractants for pest control|
|Title||Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Insect Biochemistry|
|Spouse(s)||Marilyn Joyce Kuiken (c:a 1960 until ?)|
Donna R. Gray (1989 until ?)
Joanna Roelofs, Jan. 13, 2005
|Children||Brenda Jo, Caryn Jean, Jeffrey Lee, and Kevin Jon|
|Parent(s)||Edward and Edith Beyers Roelofs|
|Relatives||two brothers, one chemist, the other an electrical engineer|
|Awards||1973 J Everett Bussart Award, Entomol Soc Am|
1977 Alexander von Humboldt Award
1990 Silver Medal, Int Soc Chem Ecol
1982 Wolf Prize in Agriculture
1983 National Medal of Science
2001 American Chemical Society's Kenneth A. Spencer Award in agricultural chemistry
1985 DSc, Central College
1988 Hobart and William Smith Colleges
1988 Indiana University
1989 Lund University, Sweden
1989 Free University Brussels, Belgium
Wendell L. Roelofs (born July 26, 1938) was the first researcher to characterize insect sex pheromone structures, developing microchemical techniques for the isolation and identification of pheromone components. Roelofs obtained his B.S. in chemistry in 1960 from Central College in Pella, Iowa and his Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Indiana University in 1964. He is the Liberty Hyde Bailey Professor of Insect Biochemistry in the Department of Entomology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
In his spare time, Roelofs coache[d] a youth league football team of kids aged eleven and twelve. Roelofs likened a cooperative effort in the laboratory to teamwork in football. With a coach's natural ability, he fostered an atmosphere where people could contribute their academic strengths and interests. "With our wide range of interests, we can always follow the most interesting lead whether it's my area of expertise or not," .... "That's how we stay at the forefront. It's synergistic. There's more creativity among us all."
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- Roelofs, Wendell; Dennehy, Timothy (July 13, 1989). "Nonchemical Pesticides Need Encouragement". New York Times. Retrieved 2011-05-30. (letter to the editor)
- Dennehy, T. J., W. L. Roelofs, E. F. Taschenberg, and T. N. Taft (1990). "Mating disruption for control of grape berry moth in New York vineyards". In R. L Ridgway; R. M. Silverstein; M. N. Inscoe (eds.). Behavior modifying chemicals for insect management: applications of pheromones and other attractants. New York: Marcel Dekker. pp. 223–240.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
- Wendell Roelofs (1970). Moths, drugs & pheromones. Washington: American Chemical Society. LCCN 79740512. Sound recording, on side 2 of 1 cassette