Charles A. Zavitz 1863-1942
Assistant Chemist and Assistant
Superintendent of Experiments, 1898-1904
Head, Field Husbandry Department, 1904-1927
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Charles A. Zavitz (1863-1942) was an accomplished researcher and during his years with the Ontario Agricultural College he implemented innovative selective breeding techniques, small experimental plots and meticulous measurements and testing. He was responsible for increasing alfalfa production and pioneered the culture of soybeans in Ontario. Zavitz was best known for the development of cereal crops, particularly OAC 21 barley. This variety was used extensively for over 30 years and provided the basis for all subsequent varieties and became the standard malting barley used in breweries.
Zavitz Hall, built in 1914 for Field Husbandry, is now home to the School of Fine Art and Music.
The plaque is located between the front doors and administrative offices on the main floor.