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.
The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding.