Herbert Siegel Named Poultry Science Distinguished Alumnus

Posted: April 15, 2013

Dr. Herbert Siegel will be honored on April 26 at an afternoon reception at University Park and at the Poultry Science Club's annual spring awards banquet in the evening.


Dr. Herbert S. Siegel has been selected as the Penn State Department of Animal Science's first-ever Poultry Science Distinguished Alumnus. He will be honored at an afternoon reception at University Park on April 26, 2013, and later that evening at the Poultry Science Club's annual Spring Awards Banquet at Celebration Hall in State College.  The Department of Animal Science was established on July1, 2012, following the merger of the former Departments of Poultry Science and Dairy and Animal Science.

Siegel is a Professor Emeritus, poultry physiology, having retired from Penn State in 1997. He served as Professor and Head of the Penn State Department of Poultry Science from 1984-1991. Prior to that, he had been a Supervisory Research Physiologist with USDA-ARS in Athens, GA, and had been an Assistant and Associate Professor at Virginia Polytechnic Institute Blacksburg from 1958-1964.

He earned his B.S. in poultry husbandry, his M.S. in poultry science/agricultural economics and his Ph.D. in poultry science/zoology from Penn State. Following receipt of his B.S. degree and before enrolling in graduate school, Siegel was the owner-manager of a commercial egg farm in Bucks County, PA, for five years.

He established the Herbert S. Siegel Graduate Student Fund at Penn State in 1997 to provide supplemental program support for graduate students doing fundamental or applied research using poultry or poultry products as subjects of the research, saying his return to get his advanced degrees "changed my life and my whole concept of what I wanted to do for my life work."  Siegel subsequently served as major professor to nine graduate students, and served on the advisory committees of 16 others.

Dr. Terry Etherton, Head of the Department of Animal Science, said, "It is a great pleasure for us to recognize Dr. Siegel for the outstanding contributions that he has made to the poultry industry and to the Penn State poultry science program. I am delighted that Herb is the recipient of the first annual Penn State Distinguished Poultry Science Alumnus Award."

Dr. Siegel said, "I am honored to be chosen as the first recipient of this recognition, and I am looking forward to returning to campus."

Dr. Siegel is well-known throughout the U.S. and the world for his research in the area of stress physiology and disease resistance in poultry. This is evidenced by his extensive list of invited speaking engagements at international symposia, congresses, workshops, institutes, and universities. He was also a Fulbright-Hays Scholar and Senior Research Fellow at Wageningen University in the Netherlands in 1980-81.  His many honors include receipt of the Poultry Science Association Research Award in 1961 and the British Poultry Science Society's Gordon Medal for Research in 1994, and his being named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1963 and the Poultry Science Association in 1987.

He was Editor in Chief of Poultry Science, the premier journal in the field from 1981-1986 and again from 1995-2002.  In addition to having garnered wide respect from his colleagues for his own scientific contributions, Dr. Siegel is credited with advancing the quality of research published in Poultry Science by others.

Dr. Siegel is a member of the Poultry Science Association, the World's Poultry Science Association, the American Society of Zoologists, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the New York Academy of Science, and the Society for Experimental Biology and Medicine.

He is married to Rhea, and they have three children, Alan, Charles and Lisa, and now reside in Lauderhill, FL.