The Fran E. Fisher Award was established by the International Society of
Plant Pathology in 2018, to honor individuals who have made an
outstanding contribution to both the science of plant pathology and society
through dedicating their lives to connecting plant pathologists around the
globe so as to improve plant health. The inaugural 2018 Award
was presented to Dr Charles Delp, former Secretary General of ISPP and
currently ISPP Historian at the ISPP President's Reception in Boston.
The current International Society of Plant Pathology World Directory of
Plant Pathologists was the brainchild of US plant pathologist, Dr. Francenia
E. Fisher. The First Edition was published as the World Directory of Plant
Pathologists Edited by Fran E. Fisher in 1973. The Second Edition was
published in 1980 and a scanned version is on the ISPP website.
In Dr. Fisher’s own words, “this Directory has been compiled with the
sincere hope that it would help to improve personal and professional
connections as well as communication among fellow plant pathologists
throughout the world.
Established after her death in 1982, income from her endowment, The Fran
Fisher Trust, funds the ongoing publication of the World Directory of Plant
Pathologist that she envisioned (A c. $1400 p.a). The World Directory
is an online resource (http://www.isppweb.org/world_directory.asp),
contributed to by individuals and plant pathology societies, and working to
connect plant health professionals globally. Since mid-2018 it has been
off-line because of data protection issues. The World Directory is also
supplemented by the ISPP LinkedIn page and the ISPP Facebook Page.