Constantine Alberga Campbell Soil Science

One of Canada's foremost soil scientists; made dryland farming more productive, profitable and sustainable

The Story

Born in 1934 in Jamaica, Campbell moved to Canada at the age of 21. He graduated from the U of Saskatchewan, and was immediately hired as a research scientist at the Agriculture Canada Research Centre at Swift Current, where he remained for over 25 years. During this time, he was also adjunct professor in soil science at the University of Saskatchewan.

Campbell's research centred on agricultural dryland soils in the Canadian prairies. He directed studies on soil fertility and organic matter decline, and demonstrated ways to reverse soil degradation. He was among the first to radiocarbon date soil organic matter, and published a paper in 1967 which is cited as a landmark work. One of his many talents was presenting his findings in such a way that they were embraced by producers and industry, as well as his colleagues. He won an international reputation for team-work with other scientists and contributed to many textbooks and conferences.

In 1997, Campbell moved to Ottawa to work at the Agriculture Canada Central Experimental Farm.

Sources: Saskatchewan Centre for Soil Research, Government of Saskatchewan; Photo: Government of Saskatchewan.

The Person

Other Interests
Played on the national Canadian Cricket Team
Emeritus Scientist
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • BSc (Agricultural Chemistry)), Ontario Agricultural College
  • MSc (Soil Fertility), Ontario Agricultural College
  • PhD (Soil Science), University of Saskatchewan, 1965
  • Member, Order of Canada, 1997
  • Saskatchewan Order of Merit, 1998
  • Inductee, Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame, 1999
Last Updated
December 15, 2010

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