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Norman Borlaug


American biologist and humanitarian whose work producing and promoting hardier strains of cereal crops to give food to more people earned him the 1970 Nobel Tranquility Prize. His launch from the Green Trend also gained him the Congressional Silver Medal. He became a member of the Rockefeller base in 1944 to focus on methods to cultivate whole wheat in Mexico, a issue that occupied him for another 16 years. His brand-new strains of vegetation were presented to great achievement in developing countries like Pakistan, India and Mexico, where they kept millions from hunger. He was raised in a little farming city in Iowa, his family members increasing both cattle and vegetation. Madame Curie, who uncovered the radioactivity of polonium and radium, also gained the Nobel Serenity Prize for assisting to save countless lives.

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Full Name Norman Borlaug
Date Of Birth March 25, 1914
Died September 12, 2009, Dallas, Texas, United States
Place Of Birth Cresco, IA
Profession Scientist
Education University of Minnesota
Nationality American
Children Scotty Borlaug, Norma Jean Laube, William Borlaug
Parents Henry Oliver Borlaug, Clara Vaala Borlaug
Siblings Palma Lillian Borlaug Behrens, Helen Borlaug, Charlotte Borlaug Culbert
Awards Nobel Peace Prize, Padma Vibhushan, Congressional Gold Medal, Presidential Medal of Freedom, National Medal of Science for Biological Sciences, Public Welfare Medal, Vannevar Bush Award
Star Sign Aries

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1His interest in improving crops began during his childhood on a farm, where he wondered why plants grew better in some places than others.
2He left a job at DuPont to take a job in Mexico helping farmers improve their crop yields.
3Awarded the (USA) Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1977.
4Awarded a Congressional Gold Medal on 17 July 2007 by President George W. Bush in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol. Medal was authorized by Public Law 109-395, approved 14 December 2006.
5Plant breeder and agronomist.
6Awarded the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his work in fostering the "Green Revolution", the development of high-yield varieties of wheat which forestalled famine in the developing world.



American Experience2010TV Series documentary special thanks - 1 episode



Freedom from Famine: The Norman Borlaug Story2009Documentary
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2003TV Series documentaryHimself
The Late Great Planet Earth1979DocumentaryHimself (as Dr. Norman Borlaug)
Cousteau: Oasis in Space1976TV Series documentaryHimself

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1When wheat is ripening properly, when the wind is blowing across the field, you can hear the beards of wheat rubbing together. They sound like the pine needles in a forest. It is a sweet, whispering music that once you hear, you never forget.

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