Norman Borlaug Died

Norman Borlaug, an agronomist who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work, died yesterday at the age of 95 of cancer. His discoveries in the field of high-yield strains of crops have saved an estimated 245 million people from famine and starvation. Amongst other work, Borlaug helped double the wheat yield in Mexico, Pakistan, and India by introducing new strains of wheat along with new farming techniques.

Borlaug had tried to enlist in the military during World War II, but was not allowed to because of his scientific skills. It's a scary thought on what would have happened had he been allowed to enlist.


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