Skip to main content
For news media
Paul Williams

Paul Williams

Use of special plants as teaching vehicles in school and college, and in plants for research.

Professor emeritus, plant pathology; director, Wisconsin Fast Plants Program and Rapid Cycling Brassica Collection College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Work: 608-274-0267 — Home and cell phones available upon request Home page


  • Directs Wisconsin Fast Plants Program, which develops and distributes rapid cycling brassica plants as classroom-friendly organisms supporting hands-on, inquiry-based science education
  • The Fast Plant Program also provides expertise in science teacher and educator professional development, through consultation, workshops and Internet
  • The Rapid Cycling Brassica Collection creates and distributes seeds for fast-growing brassica species for use in research and education


  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science; fellow, ex-president, American Phytopathological Society; member, National Science Teachers Association; member, American Society of Plant Biologists
  • Major contributor to educational manuals: "Exploring With Wisconsin Fast Plants," "Spiraling Through Life with Fast Plants," "Bottle Biology" (in four languages)
  • Guggenheim Fellow, Cambridge, U.K., 1978; Erikkson Medal, Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences; UW-Madison, Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award, 1990 and Atwood Distinguished Professor, 1995