Richard Airth Hamilton Fellowship Fund

History:  Dr. Richard (Dick) A. Hamilton was a horticulturist and professor of horticulture. After graduating from Rugby High School he worked his way through college, getting his bachelor’s degree from North Dakota’s Agriculture College in 1937, and his master’s degree in pomology from Ohio State University in 1940. During WWII he served as a torpedo boat commander in the Pacific. He also served on a destroyer in the European theatre. His decorations included the Purple Heart, Silver Star and Croix de Guerre with Palms. After the War, he was an assistant horticulturist at the University of Minnesota where in 1953 he received his PhD in plant breeding before coming to the University of Hawai'i at Manoa in 1947 where he taught in the College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources until 1981. He was emeritus professor from 1982 until his passing in 2006. Dr. Hamilton toured many countries doing research on plant life and made many consulting missions doing research dealing with tropical and subtropical fruit and nut crops. Dick was recognized for his immense contributions to Hawai'i’s tropical fruit and nut industries. His research at UH where he discovered, named and released many new fruit and nut varieties, has benefited both Hawai'i’s and the world’s macadamia, lychee and papaya industries. His ‘Ka’u’ variety, and the ‘Sunrise’ variety are the most widely grown macadamia and papaya varieties in the world and have been an economic boon for farmers in Hawai'i, Australia, and South America. Dr. Hamilton’s ‘Sunset’ papaya variety was the original parent of the genetically engineered papaya ‘Sunup’ variety that is credited with saving papaya production on the Big Island. The State of Hawai'i and its agricultural industry were fortunate to have had Dr. Hamilton working and dedicating his career to the development of new varieties for our farming community.

Description:  The purpose of this fund is to assist students pursuing a Ph.D. in Horticulture at the University of Hawai‘i at Manoa College of Tropical Agriculture and Human Resources, Department of Tropical Plant and Soil Sciences. Students must be conducting research in tropical and subtropical fruit and nut crops. Funding for research on flowers is not intended to be supported. Funds shall be used for costs associated with attendance in addition to research and supplies and/or materials needed for research. Funds are not intended to be used for travel or living expenses.
Level:  Graduate, pursuing Ph.D.
High School:  N/A
Residency:  N/A
Enrollment Status:  Full-time or part-time
Contact Person:  Carol Oshiro
Contact Department:  Academic & Student Affairs Office
Contact Address:  3050 Maile Way, Gilmore 117
Honolulu, HI 96822
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Contact Phone:  (808) 956-8183
Contact Email:  [email protected]
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