Nobel Laureate Norman Borlaug Dies At 95

September 14th, 2009 - 7:06 am ICT by GD  

By Meena Kar
borlaug1Nobel Prize winner, Norman Borlaug, an agricultural scientist expired at the age of 95, in Texas. Texas A&M University spokeswoman Kathleen Phillips told sources that Borlaug passed away shortly before 11 pm Saturday, in his Dallas Home.

Popularly called father of the “green revolution”, the man was honored with the Nobel Prize for his scientific resolutions in tackling world poverty. The achiever was also paid respect by the Nobel committee in 1970 for his unmatched contributions in high-yield produce and several agricultural developments. Many experts would agree and support the notion that it was due to his solutions and innovations that global famine could be averted successfully in the later half of the 20th century.

There are few like Borlaug whose rich ideas and techniques work wonders for a billion people at one time, saving most of their lives. He devoted his life to a noble cause, revealing the advantages of crop breeding to many developed nations, that resulted favorably in increased crop production, which was the need of the hour with respect to population explosion.

The scientific pioneer belonged to Cresco, Iowa, and is credited for being the little god who rescued the largest number of people on his planet. Beginning to take an avid interest in plant breeding in the 1940s, he later formulated high-yielding varieties in Wheat. He came to the aid of famine struck Indians and Pakistanis during the mid-1960s, along with a Mexican expert team, so that with time India’s produce grew sevenfold.

He recently got the Congressional Gold Medal, the most coveted civilian award in America.

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