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Dr. Norman Borlaug Recieves National Medal of Science


Dr. Norman E. Borlaug, the founder of The World Food Prize and recipient of the 1970 Nobel Peace Prize for his role as the “Father of the Green Revolution,” has now received America’s highest scientific honor.

President George W. Bush presented The National Medal of Science to Borlaug on February 13, 2006 at a ceremony at the White House. The award is the United States’ most prestigious honor for scientific achievements. It was established in 1959 as a Presidential Award to recognize special achievements and outstanding contributions in the sciences. Dr. Borlaug was honored with seven other National Medal of Science Laureates. A complete list of winners can be found here.

The award comes just weeks after Dr. Borlaug was awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honor, by the President of India, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

It is estimated that Dr. Borlaug’s approach to agriculture and his development of high-yielding wheat varieties have saved one billion people from famine and starvation and preserved more than one billion hectares of natural habitat. The Atlantic Monthly called Dr. Borlaug the man who has “saved more lives than any other person who has ever lived.”

Looking to create a “Nobel-like” prize for food and agriculture, Dr. Borlaug founded The World Food Prize in 1986. As The World Food Prize celebrates its 20th Anniversary, Dr. Borlaug continues to travel around the world to inspire further breakthrough achievements to increase the quality and availability of food throughout the world. According to Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, President of the World Food Prize, “Combating world hunger has been his life’s work. Receiving the National Medal of Science further cements Dr. Borlaug’s status as a world hero, one of the most important people of the 20th Century, and one of Iowa’s greatest citizens.”

Despite his numerous accolades, Dr. Borlaug often states that his proudest accomplishment is co-founding, with John Ruan Sr., the World Food Prize Global Youth Institute in 1994. Dr. Borlaug often says, “My most important legacy will be the young students who I inspire to follow careers in science and agriculture.”


Iowa Senate votes 50-0 to place Borlaug statue in US Capitol (February 25, 2010)
World Food Prize dedicates $29.8 million Hall of Laureates in honor of Norman Borlaug (October 14, 2009)
Norman Borlaug discusses famine's persistence with WSJ in one of his final interviews (September 22, 2009)
Tributes to Norman Borlaug from around the world (September 13, 2009)
World Food Prize Founder and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Norman Borlaug dies at age 95 (September 12, 2009)
Iowa Senators introduce legislation to declare Borlaug home a National Historic Site
(August 4, 2009)
Borlaug in Wall Street Journal: Farmers Can Feed the World
(July 30, 2009)
Borlaug/Lugar: A new green revolution
(April 5, 2009)
Borlaug: Start initiative to feed hungry worldwide
(March 16, 2009)
Dr. Borlaug to celebrate 95th birthday
(March 4, 2009)
Borlaug Honored with butter sculpture at Iowa State Fair (August 6, 2008)
President Bush, others present Dr. Borlaug with Congressional Gold Medal
(July 18, 2007)
Dr. Borlaug to receive Congressional Gold Medal
(December 6, 2006)
U.S. Senate votes to honor Borlaug with Congressional Gold Medal (September 28, 2006)
Penn, minus Teller, interviews Borlaug (August 15, 2006)
Norman Borlaug returns home to statehouse honors
(March 16, 2006)
Dr. Norman Borlaug recieves National Medal of Science
(February 14, 2006)
Dr. Norman E. Borlaug honored with Padma Vibhushan in India
(January 25, 2006)
'Food for Thought'
(published in the Wall Street Journal on October 14, 2005)
"My 60 Years of Fighting Hunger" a retrospective on the life of Dr. Norman Borlaug released from the First Annual Governor's Lecture
(PDF file, October 25, 2004)
Dr. Norman Borlaug throws ceremonial first pitch at Boston's Fenway Park
(June 9, 2004)


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