Green Revolution pioneer Norman Borlaug dies at 95

September 13th, 2009 - 7:53 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, Sep 13 (IANS) Renowned American agricultural scientist and Nobel laureate Norman E. Borlaug, who played a major role in developing disease-resistant wheat used to fight famine in poor countries, has died at the age of 95.
Borlaug, a distinguished professor of international agriculture at the Texas A&M University, died Saturday from cancer complications in Dallas, CNN reported quoting a spokeswoman for the university.

Borlaug, who is known as a champion of high-yield crop varieties, and other science and agricultural innovations to help fight hunger in developing nations, received the the most prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his contribution to the mankind.

He was also awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977, and the Congressional Gold Medal in 2006, according to the university’s website.

According to the university, Borlaug created the World Food Prize, which recognizes the work of scientists and humanitarians who have helped fight world hunger through advanced agriculture.

A memorial service will be held at the university at a later date, the report added.

– Indo-Asian News Service

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