A Western Australian man known across the globe as the breeder of the Pink Lady apple, John Cripps, has died at the age 95.
- John Cripps AO was the inventor of the Pink Lady apple, a culmination of 25 years of research
- He is recognised by the apple growing industry for his “remarkable contribution”
- His legacy lives on as the Pink Lady apple is sold internationally
He has been described by those that knew him as a quiet gentleman who was passionate and dedicated to the art of plant breeding.
The British-Australian horticulturalist carried out his research in WA’s Department of Agriculture.
He was formally recognised in 2010 when inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia for his influence on Australia’s apple industry.
Mr Cripps was named an Officer in the Order of Australia in 2015 for his “distinguished service to primary industry through internationally renowned, innovative contributions to the agriculture and food sectors, and to the community”.
Mr Cripp’s daughter, Helen Cripps, said the family was proud of his contribution to horticulture in Australia.
“We are so proud that he’s left a legacy,” Dr Cripps said.
A thriving legacy
Since its release in 1991, the Pink Lady variety has become internationally recognised as a success story, listed in the top 100 greatest inventions from Australia.
In 2015, the Cripps Pink accounted for more than 30 per cent of the Australian apple production.
Prominent Manjimup producer and Newton Orchards owner Harvey Giblett said he had the pleasure of working with John Cripps over the years.
“As a Pink Lady grower I’m proud that the variety was bred right here in WA.
“It’s pretty amazing, really, because he’s created a world-class apple.