Norman Borlaug dies

The Nobel Peace Prize-winning researcher who developed a high-yielding variety of disease resistant wheat and improved varieties of other crop plants that fed legions of starving people died this Saturday (September 12). Norman Borlaug won the 1970 peace prize for launching the green revolution -- which more than doubled world food production from the 1960s to the 1990s -- from his post at a research institute in Mexico. According to Texas A&M University, where Borlaug was a distinguished profes

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Sep 13, 2009
The Nobel Peace Prize-winning researcher who developed a high-yielding variety of disease resistant wheat and improved varieties of other crop plants that fed legions of starving people died this Saturday (September 12). Norman Borlaug won the 1970 peace prize for launching the green revolution -- which more than doubled world food production from the 1960s to the 1990s -- from his post at a research institute in Mexico. According to Texas A&M University, where Borlaug was a distinguished professor, the agronomist died from complications of cancer. He was 95 years old.

Image: Courtesy of the International Maize
and Wheat Improvement Center
"[Borlaug] has been an inspirational and motivational reference point for the next generation of agricultural scientists, who have felt underappreciated and underfunded," linkurl:Robert Paarlberg,;http://www.wellesley.edu/PublicAffairs/Profile/mr/rpaarlberg.html a Harvard political scientist and author of the book linkurl:__Starved for Science__,;http://www.hup.harvard.edu/catalog/PAASTA.html told __The Scientist__. "Every one of them would want to be the next...



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