Philip E. Nelson, professor emeritus of Purdue University and 2007 recipient of the World Food Prize, will present Central College’s 2018 World Food Prize Lecture at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16, in Cox-Snow Music Center on the Central College campus. His presentation, “A Career with Unexpected World Impact,” is free and open to the public.
Nelson revolutionized the food industry by developing innovative technologies for large-scale “aseptic” packaging, storage and transportation of fresh fruit juices and vegetables. His bulk, sterile processing reduced food spoilage losses and provided millions of people worldwide with access to fresh, nutritious food.
Nelson, recognized as the leader of modern food science and technology, saw the untapped potential of aseptic technologies for large-scale applications. He went on to develop bulk processing and packaging technology, which can be found in almost every country in the world.