The Wilder Medal was established in 1873 by the American Pomological Society in honor of Marshall Pinckney Wilder, the illustrious founder and first President of the Society. Marshall_Pinckney_Wilder

The award consists of a beautifully engraved medal which is presented to the recipient at the annual meeting of the American Pomological Society.

The Wilder Medal is conferred on individuals or organizations which have rendered outstanding service to horticulture in the broad area of pomology. Special consideration is given to work relating to the origination and introduction of meritorious varieties of fruit. Individuals associated with either commercial concerns or professional organizations may be considered as long as their introductions are truly superior, and have been widely planted.

Significant contributions to the science and practice of pomology other than fruit breeding also will be considered. Such contributions may relate to any important area of fruit production such as rootstock development and evaluation, anatomical or morphological studies, or unusually noteworthy publications in any of the above subject areas. Activities relating to olericulture, ornamental horticulture, or the processing of fruits and vegetables are not considered to be within the areas of interest for which the medal is to be awarded.

History of Wilder Award Winners

One or more Wilder Medals may be conferred each year but the number usually will be limited to not more than three to maintain the prestige of the award. In exceptional cases the medals may be awarded posthumously. The recipients are selected by the Wilder Awards Committee, which is composed of nine members appointed by the President of the Society. Three members are appointed each year to serve for a period of three years. The chairman of the committee is designated by the President of the Society. Reappointment for subsequent periods of service is encouraged when the chairman or members have demonstrated an active interest in the work of the committee.

of individuals or organizations for the Wilder Medal may be submitted by any APS member at any time. A brochure covering the activities and contributions of each nominee will be assembled and distributed among committee members as a basis for selecting recipients.

A ballot will be sent to each committee member requesting a vote on each nominee as follows:

  1. Award a Wilder Medal
  2. Hold for re-consideration next year
  3. Eliminate from further consideration
The Wilder Medal

The Wilder Medal

Seven favorable votes on item (1) are required to elect an award winner. In most cases the nominees should be so outstanding that selection will be determined by not more than two ballots. Five favorable votes on a combination of items (1) and (2) are needed to hold a nominate for future consideration. Nominations which have been rejected by this process may be reconsidered if a subsequent presentation of new biographical data contains evidence of noteworthy accomplishments not previously considered. Nominees who have failed to receive an award after being considered for three successive years will be eliminated from further consideration unless a new assemblage of data is presented to justify a re-evaluation.

Nomination Form & Contact:

The guidelines for nominations can be found on the nomination form and includes details necessary for a complete nomination packet.

Nominations can be sent to the Wilder Medal Award Chairperson:

Dr. Brent Black, Professor & Extension Fruit Specialist, Utah State University
Phone: 435-797-2174
E-mail: Brent.black@usu.edu