Sir John Bennet Lawes

Pioneer of Rothamsted Experimental Station

By Llinos Thomas

Rothamsted, [DE/Z119/3/410]
Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies

Rothamsted was the home of Sir John Bennet Lawes (1814-1900) a pioneer of science, farming and industry. Sir John’s first act on inheriting Rothamsted was to order one of the best bedrooms to be fitted up as a laboratory (much to his mother’s dismay).

In 1843 he founded the Rothamsted Experimental Station, which now has an international reputation for agricultural research, and launched the first of a series of long-term field experiments, some of which continue today.

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  • Thank you Catherine. The picture title is now corrected.

    By Geoff Cordingley (05/04/2018)
  • Rothampstead, [DE/Z119/3/410]

    Typo Rothamsted spelt wrong under picture

    By Catherine Fearnhead (05/04/2018)