Seedsmen Hall of Fame
Honoring Horticulturalists

Charles E. Myers

Dr. Charles Emory Myers, of Tivoli, Pennsylvania, was born in 1882.  He received his Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture from Penn State in 1908 before earning his master's and doctorate degrees at Cornell University in 1911 and 1922, respectively.

He then returned to Penn State, where he became known to thousands of Pennsylvania farmers as the man who developed many well known tomato varieties an was known as Penn State's "Tomato Man." [2]  He was a professor of plant breeding for thirty-six years, retiring on March 1, 1944.

Dr. Myers was known for his unique teaching methods; he taught plant genetics through drawing comparisons with human beings and is said to have never proctored an exam, believe that students, like vegetables, are inherently good if raised properly.

He was involved in many groups during his time at Penn State, both as a student and as a professor. Some of these groups include Acacia fraternity, Alpha Zeta (professional agricultural fraternity), Gamma Sigma Delta (agricultural honor society), Society of Sigma Xi (scientific society), American Genetics Association, Society for Horticultural Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He was also a Mason and a member of the Society of Friends.

Dr. Myers died July 10, 1957.



  1. Obituary

  2. "Penn State's 'Tomato Man' has Retired," Gettysburg Times, March 15, 1944

  3. History of Penn State's Horticulture Department


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