Norman Borlaug

Norman Borlaug’s research of genetic mutation in plants helped start the Green Revolution, which resulted increased wheat production in Mexico, Pakistan and India.


Norman Borlaug was born on March 25, 1914 in a farmhouse south of Cresco, Iowa. He graduated with a Ph.D. in plant pathology from the University of Minnesota in 1941. He went on to study genetic mutation in plants at the Rockefeller Foundation's Cooperative Mexican Agricultural Program in Mexico. His work helped start the Green Revolution and earned him a Nobel Peace Prize, Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

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