Norman Borlaug, RIP

By September 14, 2009General

One of the greatest men of the 20th Century, the father of the Green Revolution.

As The New York Times reported, “Norman E. Borlaug, the plant scientist who did more than anyone else in the 20th century to teach the world to feed itself and whose work was credited with saving hundreds of millions of lives, died Saturday night. He was 95 and lived in Dallas.”

The University of Minnesota has a tribute page devoted to Borlaug, an alumnus.

And The Wall Street Journal honors him in an editorial as “the man who fed the world.”

On the day Norman Borlaug was awarded its Peace Prize for 1970, the Nobel Committee observed of the Iowa-born plant scientist that “more than any other single person of this age, he has helped provide bread for a hungry world.” The committee might have added that more than any other single person Borlaug showed that nature is no match for human ingenuity in setting the real limits to growth.

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