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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Minnesota is hosting a celebration of the 100th birthday of Norman Borlaug, one of the school’s most celebrated graduates.

Borlaug’s pioneering work on plant breeding helped Mexico, India and Pakistan become self-sufficient in wheat production. He’s credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger. And he won the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize among other accolades. A statue of him was unveiled at the U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, and the figure is wearing a University of Minnesota class ring.

Borlaug died in 2009. On Thursday, the university will honor his legacy with an afternoon program at the McNamara Alumni Center in Minneapolis. Speakers include his daughter, Jeanie Borlaug Laube, and there will be a special presentation by President Eric Kaler and Regents Chairman Richard Beeson.

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