agriculturalist, was born in Glasgow on 13 May 1940, the younger son of Edward M Young MA (headmaster) and Mary Miller, née Durney (school teacher). Educated at the High School of Glasgow 1945-1958 he studied agriculture at Glasgow University graduating BSc in 1962.
Postgraduate studies at Edinburgh University led to MSc in grassland improvement in 1964. His external examiner at Edinburgh was Arthur WANNOP, which may have influenced the success of his application for the post of grasslands officer in the Falklands.
Young arrived in the Falklands in 1965 and established trials on grass varieties, fertiliser regimes and trace element supplementation. He travelled widely and set up trials throughout the Islands and was involved in discussion and advice on appropriate methods of grassland improvement.
Young organised two successful grassland improvement conferences in 1966 and 1967, which were instrumental in sharing existing good practice. He contributed articles to the Falklands Journal and wrote a report on grassland improvement trials which had been conducted.
In common with other men of similar age Young, joined the FIDF following the Argentine plane hijacking in 1966.
He returned to the UK (via South America) in 1968 and followed an agricultural career, which included advisory work, deer farming, and the agricultural supply trade.
Latterly Young moved into management training and assessing, working with colleges and independent companies. Currently (2004) working for Aberdeen College.
Colin Young: The Natural Vegetation of the Falkland Islands; The Falkland Islands Journal; 1967
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