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‘Thomas Edison of WSU’ invented Cougar Gold – and more

GoldingPULLMAN, Wash. – Cougar Gold namesake and former Washington State University professor Norman Shirley Golding is not as famous as the cheese he helped develop. But he should be.


Golding at WSU, then WSC, in the 1950s.

Armed with an education in agriculture and bacteriology, he helped save lives as a British sanitation officer during WWI and taught farming skills to soldiers returning to civilian life post-war.

A fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Golding helped develop a process of curing canned cheese, a simple test to detect bacteria in milk and a rapid, reliable test for measuring nonfat milk solids.

“He was always inventing something,” said a student who helped develop Cougar Gold cheese. “Dr. Golding was the Thomas A. Edison of WSU.”

Read more about Golding in a recent article on the WSU Creamery website at

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