Sergius A. Wilde
Inducted September 26, 1987
Professor Sergius A. “Doc” Wilde was born in Moscow, Russia and came into the United States in 1929. He joined the Department of Soil Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1934.
A pioneer in the field of forest soil research, Dr. Wilde’s investigations had an enormous impact on Wisconsin’s forest economy and on forest soil science as it relates to evaluation and management of natural forests, plantations and tree nurseries. Dr. Wilde’s research, searching and publications led to the recognition of forest soils as a scientific discipline and promoted sound forest management not only in Wisconsin but worldwide.