Norman Borlaug

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In History
  • Birth

    Born to Henry and Clara Borlaug in Cresco, Iowa
  • Married to Margaret Gibson

    Married his college girlfriend, and would go in to have 3 children with one to die in infancy
  • Earned his Ph. D.

    He earned his Ph. D. In plant pathology from the university of Minnesota
  • Time at DuPont

    From 1942-44 he was employed with DuPont as a microbiologist, until Pearl Harbor, when DuPont was contracted through the government to aid in the war effort, for his efforts he developed a glue that could withstand the harsh salty waters of the east pacific
  • Time in Mexico

    Borlaug went to Mexico to help the Mexican government in establishing the Cooperative Wheat Research & Production Program
  • Crossbred Wheat

    Developed disease resistant cross breeds of wheat to help combat new emerging plant pathogens
  • Increasing Wheat Yields

    Continued his work on cross breeding Wheat to improve yields to begin his fight against world hunger
  • Gained world renown

    Borlaug was named the director of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, to continue his fight on feeding the world
  • Presidential recognition

    Received his first of many medals in recognition for his efforts in eliminating world hinger, the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Texas A&M University

    He began teaching and conducting research in Texas from 1984 till his death in 2009
  • Created the World Food Prize

    Established the World Food Prize to recognize the greatest achievements in improving the quality, quantity, and availability of food world wide, and to continue to inspire work to solve world hunger
  • death

    Norman passed away
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    International Fertilizer Development Center

    From 1994 to 2003, Borlaug served on the International Fertilizer Development Center board of directors, aiding in the development of new and less costly fertilizers