Dr A. Wade Brant was born on March 28, 1919, in Isabel, Kansas. He grew up on a farm in rural Kansas where he was active in 4-H poultry activities. He earned degrees in Poultry Husbandry and Poultry Nutrition at the Universities of Kansas State and Michigan State, going on to a PhD in Poultry Products Technology at Iowa State University in 1949.
From 1949 to 1959, Dr Brant was employed by the US Department of Agriculture, Beltsville, Maryland, becoming Chief of the Poultry Research Branch at Beltsville. During this time he was a scientific adviser to the USDA Trade Fair in Italy (1957) and started a 14 year stint on the Animal Products Advisory Committee of the US Army.
From 1959 to 1985 Wade Brant was an Extension Food Technologist in the University of California at Davis, serving also as a consultant for the USDA's Cooperative Research Service. He is a member of the Science and Education Advisory Committee for the Western States. In the early 1970s he served on a team of poultry experts that worked to establish a modern poultry industry in Egypt. During his career, Dr Brant has spent one year sabbaticals in The Netherlands and in Japan, in both the sabbatical leave was devoted to poultry research.
Wade Brant has served on committees and received awards too numerous to list. A sample of committee activity must include Chairmanship of the Research Council of the Institute of American Poultry Industries (1955-83); member of the Poultry and Egg National Board Committee from 1967 to the present day (Chairman 1967-80).
After Dr Brant retired in 1985, he continued and expanded his consulting activities on a private basis. This work has taken him to a number of countries, the most recent being Malaysia in 1986.
Dr Brant's interest in the World's Poultry Science Association and international poultry industry activities started in conjunction with his participation in the VIIth World's Poultry Congress in Cleveland, USA, in 1939. He has attended Congresses in Edinburgh (1954), Mexico (1958), Australia (1962), Soviet Union (1966), Spain (1970), USA (1974), Brazil (1978) and Finland (1984).
Dr Brant was one of the founding members of the USA Branch, WPSA, and later served as Branch President. For many years he was a WPSA Council member. Since 1978, Dr Brant has served diligently as the Treasurer of the World's Poultry Science Association.
Dr Brant's primary interest has always been the poultry industry. He has, however, been a recognized expert in the red meat industry. For example, he continues to serve on the Western States Meat Association Sausage Committee. Currently, he is Chairman of the California Meat Inspection Advisory Committee.
Dr Brant's love of his work has kept him busily engaged serving the USA and worldwide poultry industries. He's gone far beyond the call of duty in his service to these industries and to the World's Poultry Science Association.
Nominated by United States of America