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Will D...A Life in Science - New Biography Documents Six-Decade Career of an Unsung Hero of Agricultural Science

‘Will d…a life in science’ tells the compelling life story of Dr. Will D. Carpenter; a man who headed a team which helped increase global food production by bringing to market two of the world’s most momentous agricultural products, and was lead spokesman for the U.S. Chemical Industry during the successful negotiations that led to the signing and ratification of the International Chemical Weapons Treaty. The problem is that Dr. Carpenter is an unassuming man who didn’t seek public recognition for his work. This October, Front Porch Press, LLC will be releasing his life story so that due acknowledgment can finally be given.


St. Louis, MO -- (SBWIRE) -- 08/27/2014 -- Dr. Will D. Carpenter, along with his colleagues, have literally changed the world and the lives of millions. But, as with many of the greats in the world of science, their achievements have been glossed over by the tabloid media. Dr. Carpenter’s career spanned six decades that saw whirlwind change in the world of Agricultural Sciences, and a compelling new biography tells the entire story.

‘Will d…a life in science’, written by Thomas R. Lawrence, recounts the life of a man born in the Mississippi Delta who rose to play a pivotal role in farming and peace treaty negotiations all over the world. Driven by a desire to ensure that everyone in the world had an adequate supply of food, Dr. Carpenter’s story is one of a true hero who turned all of his own limelight back onto those in need.

Becoming an outstanding scientist who would have an instrumental role in furthering technologies to enrich global agriculture and benefit farmers worldwide would be only one of the positive consequences to result from the lessons learned in the heart of the agricultural South and Mid-West by Dr. Will D. Carpenter. His scientific contributions during his years at Monsanto would have a substantial impact on increasing world food production, and he would play a major role in the development and commercialization of two of the most momentous agricultural products ever invented, Lasso and Roundup. Perhaps his greatest achievement would be as a significant participant in the structure, signing and ratification of the Chemical Weapons Treaty, created to insure world safety. In the midst of his many scientific and humanitarian achievements, he would set himself apart as a skilled leader who would impact the professional lives and direction of countless other scientists and members of the international agricultural community.

Insuring food for millions of people who would otherwise go hungry was the conviction that would drive Dr. Carpenter in his efforts to test and promote products that would benefit global agricultural communities. In the face of repeated attacks from environmental groups and the press, he would confidently hold his own in front of numerous Congressional Hearings, and give expert reasoning as to why the work he had participated in was not only safe for the environment, but substantially improved the lives of millions of people. His strong moral conviction and belief system would never falter, but accompany him as he testified and negotiated throughout his many years of involvement with the development and ultimate realization of the Chemical Weapons Treaty

Strong leadership capabilities, negotiation skills and a thirst for scientific knowledge would originate in the sleepy Mississippi Delta with his family and friends, but Dr. Carpenter would be positively influenced by many scientists, educators and leaders as well as ordinary folks from all over the world. will d, a life in science will bring to life his noteworthy scientific journey and the many people who walked it with him, including those who affected him negatively as well as the ones who impacted him in countless positive ways.

Dr. Carpenter was compelled to document his life, his work and his accomplishments as a record for the future generations of his family. That purpose was so important to him, that if the work never developed past the manuscript stage, he would be satisfied. It is necessary to note that throughout the writing of the book, he was adamant that his contributions in all areas were no more important than that of the many other participants.

“Dr. Carpenter was at the helm of some of the modern world’s most significant developments,” explains Tom Lawrence, who wrote the book with diligent guidance from Dr. Carpenter himself. “He interacted with many of the world’s greatest leaders and was considered a friend by most of them. Few have travelled to over eighty countries to conduct such bold work, and been part of a team that won a coveted Novel Prize”

Continuing, “Many will wonder what Dr. Carpenter is doing these days. I’m delighted to report that he has failed miserably at retirement! While of course not working to his original intensity, Dr. Carpenter is still a huge figure of influence and wisdom for modern-day Agricultural Scientists. In honesty, I don’t think he’ll ever lay his passion to rest.”

‘Will d…a life in science’ is due for release on October 17th, 2014. For complete details on the life and career of Dr. Will D. Carpenter please visit his web site: http://www.willdcarpenter.com.

About Tom Lawrence
Tom Lawrence grew up in the Mississippi towns of Ruleville, Cleveland, and Jackson, where he graduated from Murrah High School before embarking on his college career at Mississippi State University. He describes himself as a "serial entrepreneur” and began his writing career after fifty years in the financial services industry. His first book "Delta Days, Tales of the Delta", was published in the summer of 2011. The author of numerous short stories and magazine articles, Tom founded Front Porch Press, LLC, the publisher of this book, to provide an outlet for new Southern writers. He currently lives in Opelika, Alabama, where he devotes his time to writing, publishing, and his financial consulting business.