College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

The Hans Jenny Memorial Lecture in Soil Science

Spring 2011: The Genius of Soil

Garrison Sposito

Date:Monday,
May 2, 2011
Time: 4:00pm - 5:00 pm
Location:159 Mulford Hall
UC Berkeley Campus

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Free and open to the public

Please note seating is limited, first come first serve!

Garrison Sposito holds the Betty and Isaac Barshad Chair in Soil Science at Berkeley. He was a personal friend of Hans Jenny for nearly 30 years. Professor Sposito, whose academic degrees are in agriculture, specializes in physical chemistry applied to natural waters and soils. He was been elected a Fellow of six international scientific societies and has received numerous awards for his teaching and awards. In 2008 he was designated a Legend in Environmental Chemistry by the American Chemical Society, the world's largest scientific organization.


Contact Information

Kathryn Moriarty Baldwin
510-643-6641
113 Giannini
Berkeley, CA 94720


About the Jenny Lecture Series

Hans Jenny, a world authority on soils and their formation, died in 1992 at the age of 92. He was an emeritus professor of soil science in CNR and his contributions to the study of soils had a major impact on many scientific fields ranging from agriculture, soil conservation and ecology to geography and geology. 

Jenny's seminal book, “Factors of Soil Formation,” written in 1941, made him one of the most outstanding philosophers and thinkers in soil science.  Jenny and his wife, Jean, actively worked to preserve numerous wildlands in California and the West so that future generations could benefit.  A native of Switzerland, Jenny came to the US in 1926, and joined the Berkeley faculty in 1936.  He retired in 1967, but continued to work and conduct research until his death in 1992. 

Hans and Jean were instrumental in preserving the famous pygmy forest of Mendocino County as part of the Jug Handle State Reserve.  The Pygmy Forest was later named the Hans Jenny Pygmy Forest Reserve. 

The memorial fund was set up to support of graduate students in Soil Sciences as well as to support an annual public lecture. 


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