Cotton Research & Promotion Program
New Orleans, LA
Dr. Ruth Benerito (deceased) was crucial in leading the development of wrinkle-free cotton during her time as a U.S. Department of Agriculture chemist in the 1960s. Born in New Orleans, Ms. Benerito received degrees from Tulane University and the University of Chicago before beginning her work for USDA in 1953. For her role in developing “wrinkle-free” (durable press, wash-and-wear) cotton, she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame (2008).
Dr. Benerito’s journey to wrinkle-free cotton is an interesting one.Play