Whithorn man picks up ‘Nobel’ prize

Professor Alex McBratney
Professor Alex McBratney

Whithorn’s very own Professor Alex McBratney, from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, was presented with the prestigious Dokuchaev award recently.

The award is given by the International Union of Soil Sciences at four year intervals. This award, the highest honour in the discipline of soil science, is widely regarded as its ‘Nobel prize’ and recognises Professor McBratney’s outstanding research achievements.

Professor McBratney is the son of Mrs Betty McBratney, a resident in the town and he was educated at Whithorn Primary School and the Douglas Ewart High school.

Whithorn Minister, The Reverend Alex Currie commented: “Well done Alex! Your home town is very proud of you!”

Julia Muir Watt, secretary of Whithorn Community Council added; “The Community Council is delighted to see the continuing and outstanding success of one of Whithorn’s most famous sons, Professor Alex McBratney. He is a regular visitor to the town and brings a great deal of pride to us and of course to his mother, Betty. We wish him all the best for further distinctions and achievements in the future.”