The University of Massachusetts Amherst

Fergus M. Clydesdale

Distinguished Professor

Field of Study: 

Science Policy/Regulation


Room 314, Agr. Engineering Bldg.


(413) 545-5838


Dr. Clydesdale is currently Distinguished University Professor, Department of Food Science, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Director of the University of Massachusetts Food Science Policy Alliance. From 1988 to 2008 he was head of the Department of Food Science, which when he stepped down, was ranked the top department in the university in student satisfaction and recently ranked the top Department in the country by the National Research Council, National Academies. He is a fellow of five premier societies in the field of food science and nutrition, editor of Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition and has published some 375 scientific articles and coauthored or edited 20 books. He has held Professorships and has given invited presentations around the globe as well as being an invited speaker in the National Academies Series, Distinctive Voices, at the Jonsson Center.

Dr. Clydesdale also has served on/or chaired numerous committees of IFT, the FDA, ILSI, IFIC and  the National Academies as well as serving on the Food and Nutrition Board of the IOM, the Dietary Guidelines 2005 Scientific Advisory Committee, the Board of Trustees of the International Life Sciences Institute and the International Food Information Council Foundation. He is the recipient of innumerable awards, including IFT’s highest honor, the Nicolas Appert Award, the University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Teacher Award, the Distinguished Faculty Award from the University of Massachusetts Alumni Association, and was  named the Sterling B. Hendricks Memorial Lecturer by the ARS/USDA for 2008.

The University of Massachusetts Amherst has established the Fergus M. Clydesdale Professorship and dedicated the Fergus M. Clydesdale Center for Foods for Health and Wellness in 2011 in his honor.