URBANA -- You might have heard of the Morrow Plots at the University of Illinois, the first experimental agricultural fields in the country. But did you know that the power of photosynthesis was unlocked by scientists in Central Illinois? Or that local history as we know it was shaped by a driven individuals with a passion for community who made their home here?
Those are just a few of the scientific, humanitarian, and artistic contributions highlighted in a new book celebrating 150 years of innovation in Illinois.
The book, edited by Fred Hoxie, an emeritus professor of the history department, compiles a series of short essays focused on innovative (and often world-changing) contributions made by people of the university.
"It was our gift to the university," noted Hoxie. "It was incredibly difficult to choose from the submissions that came from almost every department on campus."
For more information on 150 Years of Promise and Progress, visit the U of I Press for cloth or digital versions of the book: http://www.press.uillinois.edu/books/catalog/96cyw4gp9780252040825.html
Additional information from the U of I News Bureau: https://news.illinois.edu/blog/view/6367/466196