Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug was an agronomist who developed a species of high-yield, short-strawed and disease-resistant wheat. Borlaug received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 for his humanitarian efforts. He later directed an International Wheat Improvement Program to train scientist in research and production methods.


1914Born in Cresco, Iowa.
1937Bachelor of Science degree and work at U.S. forestry services in Massachusetts and Idaho.
1939Masters and Doctorate in plant pathology
1942Microbiologist at du Pont de Nemours Foundation carrying out research on industrial and agricultural chemicals
1944Genetist and pathologist for 'Cooperative Wheat Research and Production Program' in Mexico
1945Worked with Mexican scientists on wheat improvement.
1960'sWorked with scientists from India and Pakistan to adapt wheat varieties.
1970Received Nobel Peace Prize
1972Worked on triticale, a modified wheat-rye hybrid

He founded the World Food Prize to recognise individual achievement to improve human food quality, quantity and availability.

Norman Borlaug (March 25, 1914 – September 12, 2009)


Nobel Prize Biography

Nobel Lectures, Peace 1951-1970, Editor Frederick W. Haberman, Elsevier Publishing Company, Amsterdam, 1972


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