Douglas Ronald Knott was born in New Westminster, BC, in 1927 and received a BSA in Agronomy in 1948. Following graduate work at the University of Wisconsin he received an MSc in 1949 and a PhD in 1952.
Doug returned to Canada in 1952 to take up a professorial position in the Crop Science Department at the University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon. There he became a full Professor; Head, Department of Crop Science (1965-1975); and Associate Dean (Research) in the College of Agriculture (1988-1993). He retired in 1993.
During his productive career Dr Knott published about 100 papers and a book in his major field, the genetics of rust resistance in wheat. As a distinguished researcher he was elected Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada, Fellow of the American Society of Agronomy, Fellow of the Crop Science Society of America, and a Member of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame. In addition he was made a Member of the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame. In 1999 Dr Knott was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada. This appointment was based on his contributions to studies of rust resistance and its inheritance in wheat and to the breeding of new and improved wheat varieties. He is a registered Professional Agrologist (PAg) and a member of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrology.
Doug was an athlete at UBC, being on the rugby, cross-country and track teams and sports rep on the Agriculture Students Council. He recollects the following story from his time as a student at UBC. “I particularly remember an occasion when the Aggies hung an effigy of an engineer from the second storey of the Agriculture building. The Engineers tried to remove it. The Levy twins (6 ft 10″ tall if my memory is correct) met them at the top of the stairs to the second floor. They decided that they were not so interested in removing the effigy after all.”
Dr Knott married Joan Madeline “Holly” Hollinshead in 1950 (deceased 2001). He passed away in 2009. They had four children, Holly Ann, Heather, Ronald and Douglas (deceased).