DR. PAUL ARTHUR HEDIN, a well-known USDA scientist, died Aug. 6, 2005 in Starkville, Miss. He was 79, a native of Minnesota, and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Hedin received his PhD degree the from University of Minnesota and began his government research career with the US Army Food and Container Service in 1958.

In 1962 he began work with USDA's Agricultural Research Service as a research chemist in the newly established Boll Weevil Research Laboratory in Starkville, Miss. His field of research was the chemistry of insect and plant interactions.

He retired in 1997 after 35 years with ARS at Mississippi State University.

He was the lead chemist in the group of ARS scientists that identified and synthesized the boll weevil pheromone which was a key component in the successful boll weevil eradication program.

He was a member of the American Chemical Society, Agricultural Chemicals Division, where he served as an officer and was honored as a fellow in the society.

He and a fellow scientist received the ARS Technology Transfer Award in 1991, for the identification and synthesis of the southwestern corn borer pheromone.

Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church in Starkville, Miss.