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Norman Borlaug

Father of the Green Revolution
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Net worth 2018: $1.3 Million
Industry: Scientists
Residence: Cresco, Iowa
Country: United States
BirthDay: 25 March 1914
Sigh: Aries
Died On: September 12, 2009
BIOGRAPHY

Norman Borlaug was bornon 25 March 1914 in Cresco, Iowa, American, is Father of the Green Revolution. One of the most prominent biologists of the 20th century, Norman Borlaug is often referred to as “The Man who Saved a Billion Lives” and why wouldn’t he be? After all he is the man behind the Green Revolution which revolutionized the way farming was being conducted all over the world. Having spent his childhood in a large farm raising cattle and growing food crops, the young Norman had a great thirst for knowledge. Though as a kid he attended a small school, he decided to pursue his higher education from the University of Minnesota. After completing his studies he could have opted for a lucrative job in the chemical industry but he choose to go to Mexico to research on creating high yielding crops. Over the course of his work he successfully developed disease resistant, high yielding wheat varieties which when combined with modern agricultural production techniques could dramatically change the way farming was done. His discoveries and production techniques helped several hitherto food-deficient countries in Asia and Africa to achieve food security and helped to provide food for millions of starving people. He was presented with the Nobel Peace Prize for his immeasurable contributions towards feeding millions of people around the world.

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2007

They remained happily married for 69 long years till Margaret died in 2007

1984

He began teaching at the Texas A&M University in 1984 where he also conducted research

1968

The success of the initial yields prompted India and Pakistan to buy large amounts of the seeds over the next few years and by 1968 Pakistan became self-sufficient in wheat production and India followed suit in 1974

1964

In 1964, he was made the director of the International Wheat Improvement Program at Texcoco as a part of the established Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research's International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center

1963

By 1963 95% of Mexican farmers used these strains of wheat in their fields and had a yield that was six times larger than in 1944—the year he had arrived in Mexico

1960

During the mid 1960s, the Indian subcontinent was going through a famine and drought

1944

His job at DuPont was very lucrative and high paying yet when he learnt that the Mexican government was keen on establishing Cooperative Wheat Research and Production Program, he went to Mexico in 1944 to head this new program as a geneticist and plant pathologist

1942

He was appointed as a microbiologist at DuPont in Wilmington from 1942 to 1944

1940

He studied plant pathology under Elvin Stakman and received a Master of Science degree in 1940 and Ph

1937

He received his Bachelor of Science in forestry in 1937

1933

He enrolled at the University of Minnesota in 1933 and was accepted into the General College

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