Tom Edward Corley


Tom Edward Corley was born April 25, 1921, near Socapatoy in Coosa County, Alabama. He received the B.S. degree in 1943 and M.S. in 1949, both in agricultural engineering, from Auburn University.

Corley’s entire professional career was spent in service to agriculture through the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station at Auburn. His cotton mechanization research from 1948 through 1966 played a major role in developing mechanized methods of producing and harvesting cotton. His reputation across the Cotton Belt resulted in rapid acceptance of mechanized methods by all segments of the cotton industry.

From 1996 until his retirement in 1984, Corley served in administrative positions with the Experiment Station, where he made major contributions to the Station’s rapid development and expansion of research to serve Alabama’s agricultural industry. He first served as assistant director with responsibilities for coordinating work of outlying units, then later as associate director with responsibility for overall planning and management of the Experiment Station’s programs.

Corley is a World War II veteran. He has served as president of the Auburn Kiwanis Club and the Auburn Men’s Camellia Club, and as an elder in the Presbyterian Church.

A Registered Professional Engineer, Corley is listed in Who’s Who in the South and Southeast, Who’s Who in Commerce and Industry, Who’s Who in Science and Technology Today, Who’s Who in Engineering, and American Men of Science.

Corley is married to the former Mary Simpson of New Site, Alabama. They have two children, June Corley and Tom E. Corley Jr.