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The legacy of Norman Borlaug

October 9, 2009
From Wayne Schoper, Brown/Nicollet Extension Educator

One of the great agricultural researchers passed away recently. Norman Borlaug died on September 12 of this year, and he left behind one of the most impressive legacies of plant disease research and humanitarian work that the world has seen. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his work developing disease resistant wheat varieties in Mexico. He was a very modest man who avoided the limelight and preferred working in his research plots to attending meetings and receiving awards. In fact, he was working in his research plots when he was notified that he had received the Nobel Peace Prize. His wife had to convince him that it was not a hoax and he had, indeed, won the award. Borlaug went on to be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977 and the Congressional Gold medal in 2006 for his efforts. Only six people in history have accomplished this feat.



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