"The entire World Food Prize family joins in expressing its deepest condolences to the family of our 1991 Laureate, Dr. Nevin Scrimshaw on his passing on February 8," said Ambassador Kenneth M. Quinn, president of the World Food Prize Foundation.
In his long career dedicated to combating the “hidden hunger” of malnutrition, Dr. Scrimshaw made substantial improvements in the lives of millions throughout the world and profoundly shaped the field of international nutrition. His revolutionary achievements in fighting protein, iodine, and iron deficiencies, which spanned nearly seven decades and extended to Latin America and Asia, included the development and application of innovative nutritional supplements to effectively treat child malnutrition and the diseases of kwashiorkor and endemic goiter. Dr. Scrimshaw's work in educating generations of scientists, training local public health workers in developing countries, and building support for continued advances in food quality provide a marvelous legacy that will carry forward his monumental life-saving accomplishments.
Ambassador Quinn concluded that Dr. Scrimshaw was one of the true pioneers of what has been the called “the single greatest period of food production and hunger reduction in all human history.”