A Name Worth Remembering: Dr. Norman Borlaug

Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering

Theodore Roosevelt-

I googled the phrase “most important person you have never heard of” and Norman Borlaug’s name came up a few times in the results.  Borlaug was known as the father of the green revolution, introduced high yielding crops, and pretty much single handedly caused Mexico to be a net exporter of wheat.  His contributions to agriculture far surpass any other person in the field and his obvious concern for the world’s poor places him in a category with names like Paul Farmer and Mother Teresa.  Again, instead of compiling a high school level report on a man who deserves  much more eloquent praise, I leave you with a few quotes and the link to his obituary in the New York Times.

The day the award (the Nobel Prize) was announced, Dr. Borlaug, vigorous and slender at 56, was working in a wheat field outside Mexico City when his wife, Margaret, drove up to tell him the news. “Someone’s pulling your leg,” he replied, according to one of his biographers, Leon Hesser. Assured that it was true, he kept on working, saying he would celebrate later.

Almost certainly, however, the first essential component of social justice is adequate food for all mankind. –Norman Borlaug

Man seems to insist on ignoring the lessons available from history. –Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug’s Obituary In The New York Times

Further Reading

Nobel Prize Biography

The Norman Borlaug Heritage Foundation


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