Fruit and vegetable crop genetics expert Harry Klee, an eminent scholar and professor in the University of Florida horticultural sciences department, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his research achievements.
Klee was one of 84 new members announced recently at the organization’s 149th annual meeting in Washington, D.C.
Election to NAS is one of the highest honors given to a scientist or engineer in the U.S., and members are elected by current members for outstanding achievements in their fields. Klee will be formally inducted next April.
Klee, a faculty member with UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS), is part of the interdisciplinary, plant molecular and cellular biology program and has recently been studying flavor quality in fruits and vegetables to understand the chemical and genetic makeup of flavor. He is the Lyle C. Dickman Eminent Scholar Chair in Plant Improvement and has a research emphasis on tomatoes; however, Klee has also studied melons, strawberries, and lettuce.
A member of the UF faculty since 1995, Klee previously worked for Monsanto. He earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1974 and a doctoral degree in biochemistry in 1980, both from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
The Academy is a private, nonprofit honorific society of distinguished scholars who are engaged in scientific and engineering research and are dedicated to furthering the use of science and technology for the benefit of society.