Dr. Robert T. Fraley

Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer


  • Oversees Monsanto's integrated crop and seed agribusiness technology and research with facilities in most every world area

Work History

  • Co-President, Monsanto's Agricultural Sector
  • President, Monsanto's Ceregen business unit, prior to the merger with Pharmacia & Upjohn (now called Pharmacia Corporation), with responsibilities for the discovery, development and commercialization of new crop chemical and biotechnology products
  • Group Vice President and General Manager, New Products Division
  • Vice President of Technology for crop chemical and plant biotechnology R&D
  • Director, Monsanto's Plant Science Research Group
  • Senior Research Specialist, Monsanto Biological Sciences Program


  • Fellowship, University of California, San Francisco
  • Ph.D in microbiology/biochemistry, University of Illinois
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Illinois


  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • Past member of the Agriculture Biotechnology Research Advisory Committee and the National Institutes of Health Molecular Cytology Study Section
  • Technical advisor to numerous government and public agencies, including the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Science Foundation, Office of Technology Assessment, CAST, Agency for International Development, the National Academy of Science and the International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-Biotech Applications
  • Editorial boards of several scientific journals

Significant Activities

  • Authored more than 100 publications and patent applications relating to technical advances in agricultural biotechnology
  • Received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 1999
  • National Award for Agricultural Excellence in Science by National Agri-Marketing Association in 1995
  • Kenneth A. Spencer Award for Outstanding Achievement in Agricultural and Food Chemistry in 1995
  • Progressive Farming Magazine's Man of the Year in 1995
  • Received the National Medal of Technology from President Clinton in 1998
  • Received the Monsanto Edgar M. Queeny Award in recognition of the discovery, development and successful commercialization of Roundup Ready® crops
  • Received the Monsanto Thomas and Hochwalt Award for recognition of the advances made in basic research in plant biology