Nyle C. Brady died on November 24, 2015 in Colorado.
On the faculty of Cornell University from 1947 to 1973, Brady became the International Rice Research Institute’s third director general in 1973. During 8 years at the helm, he pioneered new cooperative relationships between the Institute and the national agricultural research systems in Asia. After IRRI, he served as senior assistant administrator for science and technology at USAID from 1981 to 1989 and was also a senior international development consultant for the United Nations Development Programme and the World Bank in Washington, D.C.
Born in Colorado in the United States, he earned his BS in chemistry from Brigham Young University in 1941 and his PhD in soil science from North Carolina State University in 1947. He was Emeritus Professor at Cornell and co-author (with Ray R. Weil) of the classic textbook, The Nature and Properties of Soils, now in its 14th edition. He and his wife Martha lived near Albuquerque, New Mexico.