Formation Of The Institute

The formation of the Institute in 1939 was the result of the efforts of several food technologists and engineers who felt that there should be a discipline for a subject as important as the production, nutrition, and safety of foods. In 1937 a food technology conference was held at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The conference was chaired by Dr. Samuel C. Prescott, Dean of Biology at MIT. At the conclusion of the conference, Dr. Bernard E. Proctor, also of the MIT faculty, expressed the hope that similar gatherings would be held to function as clearinghouses of information for the scientific and industrial communities. Concurrently at the New York Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York, George J. Hucker was fostering the idea of an organization of food-related societies.

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