Norman Borlaug, father of the Green Revolution, passed away Sept. 12, 2009. To just quote from CNN (read the whole thing here):
A 1970 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize, Borlaug was a distinguished professor of international agriculture at the university.
Borlaug started at Texas A&M in 1984, after working as a scientist in a program that introduced scientific techniques for preventing famine in Mexico, according to the university.
Until recently, he traveled worldwide working for improvements in agricultural science and food policy, said Kathleen Phillips, a university spokeswoman.
More about Dr. Borlaug’s remarkable life and work here, and here. I often think that the work and findings of basic scientists don’t translate very quickly into real solutions that impact real people. … but every once in a while there is a glaring example of how wrong I can be.
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