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Term: Hastings, Edwin George 1872 - 1953

Definition: professor of agricultural bacteriology, author, b. near Austinburg, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State Univ. (B.S., 1898), and the Univ. of Wisconsin (M.S., 1899). He studied veterinary medicine in Germany for a few years, and in 1902 joined the faculty of the Univ. of Wisconsin. In 1913 he was made professor of agricultural bacteriology at the university, and the same year became chairman of the department. In collaboration with Harry L. Russell (q.v.), Hastings was a pioneer in the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis and application of the tuberculin test to cattle. He was the first to isolate the causative organism of Johne's disease in cattle, and also did primary research in diagnosing and combatting mastitis and brucellosis. Hastings devised an improved method for the pasteurization of milk, and with Russell laid the basis for the "cold cure" method of cheddar cheese ripening. He was president of the Society of American Bacteriologists (1923), and was the author of several books and articles on agricultural bacteriology. He retired to emeritus status in 1942, and lived in Florida until his death. Amer. Men of Sci. (1949); W. H. Glover, Farm and College (Madison, 1952); Madison Wis. State journal, Sept. 30, 1953; Univ. of Wis. Faculty Memorial, Document 1109, Nov. 2, 1953 (on file in office of secretary of faculty).

[Source: Dictionary of Wisconsin biography]
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