John Cripps

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John Cripps

John Ernest Lane Cripps

(1927-04-09)9 April 1927
Steyning, Sussex, England
Died10 May 2022(2022-05-10) (aged 95)
Alma materUniversity of Reading
EmployerWestern Australia Department of Agriculture
Known forBreeding the Pink Lady ('Cripps Pink') and Sundowner ('Cripps Red') apples

John Ernest Lane Cripps AO (9 April 1927 – 10 May 2022)[1] was a British-Australian horticulturalist. He was best known for breeding the Pink Lady ('Cripps Pink') and Sundowner ('Cripps Red') apples.

Cripps was born in Steyning, Sussex, England, and completed a degree in horticulture at the University of Reading. In 1955, he emigrated to Perth, Western Australia following a job offer from the Western Australia Department of Agriculture.[2] He became a specialist horticulturalist with the department in 1959, and worked on developing rootstocks and strategies to optimise horticultural production in Western Australia.[3]

In 2010, he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia for significant influence on the apple industry of Australia.[3] In 2015, he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for distinguished service to primary industry through internationally renowned, innovative contributions to the agriculture and food sectors, and to the community.[4]


  1. ^ "Pink Lady apple founder John Cripps dies aged 95". 12 May 2022. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  2. ^ "CRIPPS, John Ernest Lane". Welcome Walls. Western Australia Museum. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  3. ^ a b "CRIPPS John Ernest Lane". Hall of Fame 2010. Royal Agricultural Society of Western Australia. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
  4. ^ Pownall, Angela (26 January 2015). "Apple king's in the pink". The West Australian. Retrieved 27 January 2015.
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