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Mary-Dell Chilton
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February 2, 1939 (1939-02-02) (ageĀ 81)

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Mary-Dell Chilton (born February 2, 1939) is an American biologist, businesswoman, and inventor. She is one of the founders of modern plant biotechnology. Chilton was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She taught and performed research at Washington University.


Chilton is author of more than 100 scientific publications. She is a Distinguished Science Fellow at Syngenta Biotechnology, Inc. She began her corporate career in 1983 with CIBA-Geigy Corporation (a legacy company of Syngenta).

In June 2013, she was named a winner of the 2013 World Food Prize. In 2015, Chilton was elected to the National Inventors Hall of Fame.

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