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GENERAL INFORMATION
EMPLOYMENT RECORD
MEMBERSHIP IN LEARNED SOCIEITIES
HONORARY DEGREES
ACADEMIC AND SCIENTIFIC ORGANIZATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIC AWARDS
ACADEMIES OF SCIENCE MEMBERSHIPS
CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS
OTHER HONORS

General Information:

LIFE:
March 25, 1914 - September 12, 2009

PLACE OF BIRTH:
Cresco, Iowa, USA

FAMILY:
Wife: Margaret Gibson (deceased 7/3/2007)
Children: Norma Jean (Laube) and William G.

EDUCATION:
B.S. Forestry, University of Minnesota, 1937
M.S. Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, 1940
Ph.D. Plant Pathology, University of Minnesota, 1942

 
EMPLOYMENT RECORD:
The U. S. Forest Service, 1935-38

Instructor, University of Minnesota, 1941

Microbiologist, E. I. DuPont de Nemours, 1942-44

Research Scientist in charge Wheat Improvement in Cooperative Mexican Agricultural Program (O.E.E.), a joint dependency of Mexican Ministry of Agriculture and Rockefeller Foundation, 1944-1960

Associate Director, Rockefeller Foundation, assigned to Inter-American Food Crop Program, 1960-63; to CIMMYT, 1964-1982

Consultant and collaborator to Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agricolas (I.N.I.A.), Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, 1960-64

Consultant Food and Agriculture Organization of U.N. (F.A.O.) in North Africa and Asia, 1960

Director of Wheat Research and Production Program, International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center, (CIMMYT), 1964-79; Acting Director, 1981

Ex-Officio Consultant on Wheat Research and Production Problems to many Governments in Latin America, Africa and Asia, 1960-Senior Consultant to CIMMYT, 1979 -Honorary Visiting Professor of the University of Minnesota (USA), 1980The A. D. White Professor-at-Large Distinguished Professorship, Cornell University (USA), 1983-85

Distinguished Professor of International Agriculture, Department of Soil & Crop Sciences, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas (USA), 1984-2009

Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia (USA), 1991-1992

President of Sasakawa Africa Association, 1986-

Senior Consultant to Director General of CIMMYT 1980-2009

 
MEMBERSHIPS IN LEARNED SOCIETIES:
Member - Alpha Zeta, Xi Sigma Pi, Sigma Xi
 
HONORARY DEGREES:

Doctor of Science:
Punjab Agricultural University (India), 1969
Royal Norwegian Agricultural College (Norway), 1970
Luther College (USA), 1970
Kanpur University (India), 1970
Uttar Pradesh Agricultural University (India), 1971
Michigan State University (USA), 1971
Universidad de la Plata (Argentina), 1971
University of Arizona (USA), 1972
University of Florida (USA), 1973
Universidad Católica de Chile (Chile), 1974
Universität Hohenheim (Germany), 1976
Punjab Agricultural University, (Pakistan), 1978
Columbia University, (USA), 1980
Ohio State University (USA), 1981
University of Minnesota (USA), 1982
University of Notre Dame (USA), 1987
Oregon State University (USA), 1988
University of Tulsa (USA), 1991
Washington State University (USA) 1995
Andhra Pradesh Agricultural University (India), 1996
Indian Agricultural Research Institute (India), 1996
De Montfort University, (United Kingdom), 1997
Emory University, (USA) 1999
University of the Philippines, 1999
University of Missouri, (USA), 2002
Williams College, (USA), 2002
Wartburg College (USA), 2003
Dartmouth College (USA), 2005
North Dakota, Weslyan (USA), 2008

 
Doctor of Agricultural Sciences:
University of Agricultural Sciences (Godollo, Hungary), 1980
Tokyo University of Agriculture (Japan), 1981
Doctor en Ciencias Agropecuarias Honoris Causa, Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Turena, República Dominicana, 1983
Doctor en Ciencias, Honoris Causa Universidad Central del Este de la República Dominicana, 1983

Doctor Humane Letters:
Gustavus Adolphus College (USA), 1971
Iowa State University (USA), 1992
Cape Coast University (Ghana), 2000
Texas A&M University (USA), 2007

Doctor of Law:
New Mexico State University (USA), 1973

Doctor of Agriculture:
Tufts University (USA), 1982
Doctor Honoris Causa:
Universidad Mayor de San Simón (Bolivia), 1983
Universidad de Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1983
Universidad de Cordoba (Spain), 1986
Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya (Barcelona, Spain), 1986
Colegio de Postgraduados (Montecillo, Mexico), 1990
Universitá degli Studi di Bologna (Italy), 1991
Warsaw Agricultural University (Poland), 1993
Bangladesh Agricultural University, 1998
Universidad LaSalle-Noroeste (Mexico), 1999
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, (Spain), 2000
Universidad de las Américas Puebla (Mexico), 2000
Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León (Mexico), 2001
Universidad Autónoma de Chapingo (Mexico), 2001
University Chandra Shekhar Azad Krishi Evam Prodyoogic Vishwavid Yalaya
(Kanpur, India), 2001
Texas A&M University’s First Lifetime Achievement Award, (USA), 2004 (awarded to university professors in lieu of an honorary degree)
Universidad de Granada (Spain), 2005

OTHER ACADEMIC, SCIENTIFIC AND ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS:

The Outstanding Achievement Award, University of Minnesota (USA), 1959

Elvin Charles Stakman Award, University of Minnesota (USA), 1961

University of Minnesota "M" (Athletic) Club Outstanding Achievement Award (USA), 1971

Award as Founding Member, the Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrícolas, Secretaría de Agricultura y Ganadería (México) 1964

Recognition Award of Agricultural Institute of Canada, 1966

Recognition Award, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria de Marcos Juárez (Argentina), 1968

Honorary Fellow, Indian Society of Genetics and Plant Breeding (India), 1968

First International Service Award in Agronomy, American Society of Agronomy (U.S.A), 1968

Meritorious Service Award and Honorary Life Membership, American Association of Cereal Chemists (USA), 1969

Uncle of Paul Bunyan (Forestry), University of Minnesota (USA), 1969

Scientific Service Award, El Colegio de Ingenieros Agrónomos de México (México), 1970

Diploma de Mérito, El Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (México), 1971

Medalla y Diploma de Mérito "Antonio Narro" de la Escuela Superior de Agricultura de la Universidad de Coahuila (México), 1971

Diploma as Distinguished Geneticist, Sociedad Mexicana de Fitogenética (México), 1971

First Honorary Life Membership, American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science (USA), 1971

Honorary Member, Sociedad de Agronomía do Rio Grande do Sul (Brazil), 1971

Merit Award, Associacao dos Engenheiros Agronomos do Distrito Federal do Brasil (Brazil), 1971

Recognition Award, Punjab Agricultural Research Institute (Pakistan), 1971

Medal, Consultor Emeritos, Instituto Nacional de Tecnología Agropecuaria (Argentina), 1971

Diploma de Mérito, Escuela Superior de Agricultura "Hermanos Escobar" (México), 1973

Centennial Foreign Fellow, American Chemical Society (USA), 1976

Lecturer, American Graduate School of International Management (USA), 1977, 1979, 1991

First Honorary Life Membership, Bangladesh Botanical Society, 1978

First Honorary Membership, Bangladesh Association for the Advancement of Science (Bangladesh), 1978

Jefferson Award, American Institute for Public Service (USA), 1980

Agricultural Hall of Fame and Distinguished Service Award, Oregon State University, (USA), 1981

Honorary Member, Japan Society Promotion of Science (Japan), 1981

Fellow, Crop Science Society of America, 1985

Presidential Award, Crop Science Society of America, 1997

Honorary Professor, China Agricultural University, 1999

Appointed As Foreign Expert on Science and Technology to China National Center for Biotechnology Development (CNCBD), 1999

Honorary Member, Ingenieros Agrónomos del Centro y Canarias (Spain), 1999

National Award for Service to American and World Agriculture, National Association of County Agricultural Agents (USA), 1999

Mazorca de Oro (Golden Ear of Maize), Escuela Nacional de Agricultura Roberto Quiñones, (El Salvador), 1999

Public Welfare Medal, National Academy of Sciences, (USA), 2002

The Philip Hauge Abelson Prize, American Association for the Advancement of Science, ((USA), 2002

State of Iowa Established October 16th as Dr. Norman E. Borlaug World Food Prize Day, 2002

Award for Distinguished Achievements to Science and Medicine, American Council of Science and Health, (USA), 2003

New York Athletic Club Fila Life-Time Achievement Award (Fila-International Federation of Associated Wrestling), (USA), 2003

John P. McGovern Award and Lectureship (Sigma Xi), (USA), 2003

Wittenberg Award, Luther Institute, USA 2004

State of Minnesota Designated October 16th as Dr. Norman E. Borlaug World Food Prize Day, 2004

U.S. Senate Resolution Making October 16th World Food Prize Day in America in honor of Dr Norman E. Borlaug, (USA), 2004

Establishment of Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows Program (USDA and US AID sponsored), 2004

Presented Inaugural George C. Marshall Lecture (sponsored by US AID)

The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.—International Brotherhood Award, from Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), 2005

Honorary Fellow,American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, 2005

Danforth Award for Plant Science, (Donald Danforth Plance Science Center (USA), 2005

 
GOVERNMENT AND CIVIC AWARDS:

Distinguished Service Awards, Producer Associations and State Governments from the Mexican States of Guanajuato, Querétaro, Sonora, Tlaxcala and Zacatecas (México), 1954-60

First "Golden Spike of Wheat Award" (Sonora, México), 1962

Distinguished Citizen Award, Cresco, Iowa (USA), Cresco Centennial Committee, 1966

The 1967 National Distinguished Service Award, American Agricultural Editors Association (USA)

Sitara-I-Imtiaz (Star of Distinction), Government of Pakistan, 1968

The 1968 Genetics and Plant Breeding Award, National Council of Commercial Plant Breeders (USA)

Citation and street named in his honor by Citizens of the State of Sonora, and City and Rotary Club of Ciudad Obregón, Sonora (México), 1968

Distinguished Service Award by Wheat Farmers of the States of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh (India), 1969

The 1969 Man of the Year, Independent Television of Britain (UK)

Nobel Prize for Peace, 1970

Cresco's Norman Borlaug Recognition Day, Chamber of Commerce of Cresco, Iowa, 1970

Iowan of the Year, Iowa Broadcasters Association, 1970

Aztec Eagle, Government of México, 1970

Governor's Distinguished Service Award, State of Iowa, 1970

Professional Achievement Award, Sons of Norway (USA), 1970

Outstanding Services Award and Proclamation of Norman E. Borlaug Day, State of Minnesota Governor's March 2, 1971

Honorary Citizen of Minneapolis (USA), 1971

Service Award, Minnesota Wrestling Coaches Association (USA), 1971

Dedication of a Sequoia gigantea in the Rotary Club Peace Grove, Berkeley, California (USA), 1971

The 1971 Gold Plate Award, American Academy of Achievement (USA), 1971

Service Award, by Farmers, Ejidatarios and Scientists of Coahuila and Durango (México), 1971

Honorary Membership in Rotary Clubs in Ciudad Obregón (México), Balcarce and Marcos Juárez (Argentina), 1971

Borlaug Statue Dedicated Beadle Park, Chamber of Commerce, Cresco, Iowa, (USA), 1971

Dedication Primary School "Norman E. Borlaug", Secretaría de Educación Pública (México), 1971

Award for Service to Agriculture, American Farm Bureau Federation, 1971 (USA)

Outstanding Agricultural Achievement Award,World Farm Foundation (USA), 1971

Medal of Merit, Fiesta Nacional de Trigo (Argentina), 1971

Service Medal, Bolsa de Cereales de Buenos Aires (Argentina), 1971

Service Medal and Golden Spike, San Gerónimo (Argentina), 1971

Medal of Merit, State of Santa Fe (Argentina), 1971

Medal of Merit, Citizens and Government of Balcarce (Argentina), 1971

Medal of Merit, Faculty of Agronomy, Universidad de la Plata (Argentina), 1971

Honorary American Farmer Degree and Key, Future Farmers of America,
(USA), 1971

Honorary Consultant to Punjab Agricultural University of Lyallpur
(Pakistan), 1971

Outstanding Achievement Award, Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce
 (USA), 1971

Achievement Award for Contribution to World Wheat Production, National Association of Wheat Growers of USA, 1971

The 1971 World Citizenship Award, by Des Moines Chamber of
Commerce, (USA)

Outstanding Professional Achievement Award, Gopher Peavy of College Forestry, University of Minnesota, (USA), 1971

Medal of Merit, Italian Wheat Scientists, 1971

Achievement Award and Honorary Citizen of Cedar Falls, Iowa (USA), 1972

Service Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Alleviation of World Hunger,  Eighth Latin American Food Production Conference (Brazil), 1972

Medal of Merit, Gremial Nacional de Trigueros de Guatemala, 1973

Recipient First Medical Medal of Merit and Bestowal of Knighthood, by Knights of Malta (USA), 1973

Award Bernardo O'Higgins bestowed by Government of Chile, 1974

Presidential Medal of Freedom (USA), 1977

America's Third Century Achievers Award in the Field of Agriculture, Samsonite Corporation (USA), 1977

The Iowa Award, (The Eight Recipient), State of Iowa (USA), 1978

The 11th Fanny Harris Hartman Fellow, The Hockaday School, Texas
 (USA), 1978

The Hilal-I-Imtiaz Award (The Crescent of Distinction), Government of
Pakistan, 1978

Achievement Award for Contributions to World Food Production, International Association Phosphate Industries (I.S.M.A.) and Association of Fertilizer Industries of Latin American (A.D.I.F.A.L.) (México), 1978

V Premio Internazionale, Associazione Nazionale Stampa Agricola (Italy), 1978"

Adventures in Agricultural Science Award of Distinction, The IX International Congress of Plant Protection and United States Department of Agriculture (USA), 1979

Appreciation Award for Thirty-Five Years of Dedicated Effective Service to International Agriculture and the Well-Being of Mankind Throughout the World.  The Trustees and Staff of the Rockefeller Foundation (USA), 1983

Recognition for Sustained Service to Humanity Through Outstanding Contributions in Plant Breeding Award, Governors Conference on Agriculture Innovations, Little Rock, Arkansas (USA), 1984

Henry G. Bennet Distinguished Service Award, Oklahoma State University, (USA), 1984

Paul Harris Fellow, by Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 1985

Premio de Servicio Orden de Cristo, (Portugal), 1986

President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) (USA), 1990-1993.

Honorary Rector of the University of Dubuque (USA), 1992-93

Department of State’s Certificate of Appreciation, (USA), 1997

The Sowers Award, Rural Ministers of Evangelican Lutheran Church in America, 1999

Recognition Award for Contributions to World Wheat and Maize Research and Production, Republic of El Salvador, 1999

Dedication Norman E. Borlaug Center for Southern Crop Improvement, Texas A&M University, 1999

Memorial Centennial Medal of the N. I. Vavilov Research Institute of Plant Industry (Russia) 2000

The Prometheus Award for Human Achievement from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, 2004

Inaugural Lecture of The George C. Marshall Distinguished Lecture Series on International Development, sponsored by US Agency for International Development (USAID), 2004

F.T. Achievement Award for Courageous Leadership in Introducing High Yield Agricultural Technology to Feed People in Many Developing Countries, from F.T. Pesquiza e Sementes, Parana, Brazil, 2004

Recognition Award-Contributions to Triticultura, Parana, ENSE, Brazil, 2004

Norman E. Borlaug International Science and Technology Fellows Program—sponsored by US Department of Agriculture to support technological progress in the Developing World, March 29, 2004

National Medal of Science, USA, 2005

Padma Vibhushan, Government of India, 2006

International Quality of Life Award, Auburn University (USA), 2006

Congressional Gold Medal, USA, 2006
 
ACADEMIES OF SCIENCES:

National Academy of Sciences of USA, 1968

Foreign Member, The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry, 1971

Honorary Academician, Academia Nacional de Agronomía y Veterinaria de Argentina, 1971

Honorary Foreign Academician of N. I. Vavilov Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Lenin Order (USSR), 1971

Foreign Member, Indian National Science Academy (India), 1973

Distinguished Fellow, Iowa Academy of Sciences (USA), 1975

Fellow, The American Academy of Arts & Sciences (USA), 1976-

Honorary Member, Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK), 1976

Honorary Member, Royal Agricultural Society of England (UK), 1976

Foreign Member, Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (Bangladesh), 1978

Honorary Member, Hungarian Academy of Science (Hungary), 1980

Foreign Honorary Member, Pakistan Academy of Sciences (Pakistan), 1984

Member, Third World Academy of Sciences, 1985

Foreign Member, Royal Society (London), 1987

Foreign Member, Polish Academy of Sciences, 1988

Honorary Member, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, 1988

Honorary Professor, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, 1994

Honorary Member, Mexican Academy of Sciences, 1994

Honorary Member, Agricultural and Forestry Sciences “Gheorghe Ionescu-Sisesti”, (Romania), 1994

Foreign Member, Chinese Academy of Engineering, 1996

Honored Professor, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 1998

Full Member (Academician), Academy of Agricultural Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, 1998

Honorary Member, Brazilian Academy of Sciences, 2003

Honorary Member, Romanian Academy, 2009

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CITIZENS ORGANIZATIONS:

Director, Population Crisis Committee, (USA), 1971-

Asesor Especial, Fundación para Estudios de La Población, A. C. (México), 1971

Member, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) (USA), 1973-

Member, Advisory Council of Renewable Natural Resources Foundation
(USA), 1973

Member, Citizen's Commission on Science, Law and Food Supply (USA), 1973-74

Member, Commission on Critical Choices for Americans (USA), 1973-74

Board of Trustees, International Food Policy Research Institute (I.F.P.R.I.) (USA), 1976-82

Member, Presidential Commission on World Hunger (USA), 1978-79

Board of Directors, American Council on Science and Health (USA), 1978-

Advisor, The Population Institute (USA), 1978

Board of Trustees, Winrock International (U.S.A.), 1982-1990

Director, Population Communications International (USA), 1985-94

Founder and Chairman of the Selection Committee, The World Food Prize 1986-

President, Council of The Foundation for the Development of Polish Agriculture, 1988-1993

Board of Trustees , Pan-American School of Agriculture "Zamorano" (Honduras), 1992-1997

International Advisory Counsel, Population Communications International, 1995-

 
OTHER HONORS:

Inaugural Lecturer, Leonard Klinck Memorial Lecture (Canada), 1965

McDougal Memorial Lecturer (F.A.O.), 1971

Rockefeller Foundation Appreciation Award for 35 Years of Tireless Service as Plant Breeder and Ambassador Extraordinary to the Wellbeing of Mankind Throughout the World-From Trustees and Staff of the Rockefeller Foundation, December, 1979

Inaugural Lecturer and Medal Recipient of the Dr. Sterling B. Hendrick's Memorial Lectureship (USA), 1981

National Award for Agricultural Excellence (in Science) National Agri-Marketing Association (USA), 1982

Distinguished Achievement Award in Food and Agricultural Sciences, Council for Agricultural Science and Technology, (USA), 1982

Honorary Citizen of the State of Sonora (Mexico), 1983

The A.D. White Professor-at-Large Distinguished Professor, Cornell University, (USA), 1983-85

Life Fellow of the Rockefeller Foundation (USA), 1983

Profesor Honorario, Facultad de Ciencias Agronómicas y Veterinarias, Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (República Dominicana), 1983

Chief Guest, Awards Ceremonies of the Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation (Bombay, India), 1983

Inauguration of the Norman E. Borlaug Centro de Capacitación y Formación de Agricultores, Corporación Gestora del Proyecto "Abapó-Izozog", Santa Cruz (Bolivia), 1983

Appointment as "Miembro Corresponsal", Consejo Argentino para las Relaciones Internacionales, 1983

Honorary Member of the National Agricultural Hall of Fame, Bonner Springs, Kansas (USA), 1984

Elected Charter Member to the WCCO Minneapolis TV/Radio - Honor Role of Distinguished Good Neighbors, (USA), 1984

First Golden Harvest Award, International Minerals and Chemicals Corporation (USA), 1984
 

Dedication Agricultural Science Building—Borlaug Hall—on the St. Paul Campus of the University of Minnesota, (USA), 1985

Inaugural Lecturer of The E. T. York Distinguished Lecture Series, University of Florida (USA), 1985

The Presidential World Without Hunger Award: Category Educator/Scientist (USA), 1985

Elected to Scandinavian-American Hall of Fame (USA), 1986

Dedication Borlaug Building at International Maize and Wheat Improvement Center (CIMMYT) Headquarters (El Batán, México), 1986

Lord Medal (Category Basic Need), Lord Corporation (USA), 1987

The 1988 Americas Award, The Americas Foundation (USA)

First Recipient of The Norman E. Borlaug Award, Iowa Biotechnology Consortium (USA), 1988

First Recipient of The Dr. Norman E. Borlaug Award for Outstanding Service in International Educational Endeavors sponsored by Alpha ETA Chapter of Phi Beta Delta, Texas A&M University (USA), 1988

Member President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) (USA), 1990-1993.

National Collegiate Wrestling Hall of Fame (USA), 1992

University of Minnesota Athletic Hall of Fame, Lifetime M Club Achievement Award, (USA), 1994

The Big Ten (Athletic) Conference’s Centennial Scholar-Athlete Medal 1995, University of Minnesota (USA)

Inauguration of the Norman Borlaug Institute for Plant Science Research, De Montfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom, 1997

Jefferson Lifetime Achievement Award, (USA), 1997

Achievement Award, Facultad de Estudios Superiores (Zaragoza), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (Mexico), 1997

Lifetime Service Award Towards Lessening Pains of Hunger, Awarded Jointly by Texas A&M University, University of Minnesota, Iowa State University and Cornell University, (USA), 1998

Dependence-to-Abundance Award, All India Coordinated Wheat Program, 1998

Altruistic Green Revolution Award, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, (India), 1998

The Variety Clubs International Humanitarian Award (Canada), 1998

The Vannevar Bush Award (USA), 2000

The 2002 Rotary International Award for World Understanding & Peace, Barcelona, Spain

Service Award: For Substantive and Continuing Contributions to the Preservation of the Earth and for the General Welfare of All Humankind—The Jefferson Council International Society for Rational Solutions, 2004

Iowa Wrestling Hall of Fame, 2004

National Medal of Science (NSF-USA)

Auburn University-- International Quality of Life Award, 2006 (USA)

Congressional Gold Medal, 2007 (USA)

Commander of the National Order of Mali

Millennium Gold Medal, Ethiopian Government, 2010

Agricola Medal, United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, 2010

George Brown Award, CRDF Global, 2010

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